The first-ever MG crossover model has been revealed, with the Chinese-cum-Brit brand unveiling the MG GS SUV at the 2015 Shanghai motor show.
The production GS crossover model doesn’t stray too far from the CS concept that came before it two years ago, with the typical baby SUV proportions and the modern Morris Garages look that we’ve seen on the MG 3 and the MG 6.
Highlights include the swept headlights, a bold front bumper with a bash-plate, angular fog-light surrounds and sharply styled daytime running lights, and there are a range of wheel choices from 16 to 18 inches in diameter.
There is the typical black plastic lower body cladding all around the car, while the rear bumper bar has a large bash-plate and twin exhaust outlets. Not included as standard is British actor Benedict Cumberbatch…
Under the bonnet there will be two engine options – a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 124kW and 250Nm, while a larger 2.0-litre unit has a steamy 162kW and 350Nm. Transmission options depend on the engine, with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic on the 1.5-litre model, and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission offered with the larger engine. As is the case with many SUVs in this segment, drive is sent to the front wheels, though all-wheel drive is available as an option.
Inside the MG GS looks a little behind the times, though in higher-specification models it comes with either a 6.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen media unit. The plethora of buttons below the centre screen look somewhat overwhelming, though.
It is currently unclear if the MG GS will be sold in Australia. MG launched locally in April 2013, but the brand has since been laying low due to apparent legislative issues with the car it brought to market, the MG 6.
That said, it’s set to be offered in the UK in 2016, likely with different drivetrains including a 1.8-litre turbo diesel.
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