The MG E-motion concept has been leaked ahead of its debut at the 2017 Shanghai motor show later this week.

mg-e-motion-leak

This grainy image, and the accompanying sketches, were published by Autocar, and show a concept car that brings MG back to its two-door sports car heritage.

Access to the interior is a via scissor-wing doors, while the car's front is dominated by a diamond grille seemingly inspired by those used on AMG-tuned Mercedes-Benz models. Likewise, the grille's shape and the signature of the daytime lights hints at a Mazda influence.

mg-e-motion-side-sketch

Details about the two-door, four-seat sports car are scarce, but reports indicate the concept is envisioned as a pure electric car.

According to the Chinese car website Autohome, the MG E-motion is capable of completing the 0-100km/h dash in under four seconds, and has a range of over 500 kilometres.

If the E-motion does get the nod for production, it could help to reset the brand's image and be a halo vehicle for the marque that's now under the control of SAIC.

mg-e-motion-rear-sketch

The Chinese automaker, which has partnerships with Volkswagen and General Motors, has owned MG since 2007 after the independently-operated MG Rover Group collapsed.

After initially soldiering on with the MG TF roadster, and derivatives of the Rover 75, SAIC has used the MG marque to sell a variety of hatches, sedans and crossovers that were designed in-house.