MG has released sketches of the new MG Icon compact SUV concept  - the company's first foray into the SUV market - before the car is officially unveiled at next week's Beijing motor show.

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The five-door retro-inspired crossover hints at the original MGB GT sold in North America in the 60s and 70s with its round headlights and rectangular grille.

The MG Icon concept is believed to preview a full production compact SUV due to hit the Chinese market in 2014.

The Chinese government-owned Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) has managed MG since 2007 when it took control from Nanjing Automobile Corporation who initially bought MG Rover in 2005.

The MG SUV is expected to share its platform with the MG 5, MG 6 and Roewe 350 as well as the 100kW/200Nm turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine from those models. An optional six-speed dual-clutch transmission is rumoured and would likely join a conventional six-speed manual.

The current MG line-up includes the MG 3, MG 5 and MG 6, while Roewe’s China-only range includes the 350, 550, 750 and W5.

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