Well, it looks like the MG E-Motion concept we talked about last week is one step to making it into production as a rival to the Tesla Model S. Following the reveal of the concept car at the Shanghai Motor show, MG UK’s sales and marketing boss Matthew Cheyne confirmed that he expects the E-Motion to make production around 2020 and be priced from under £30,000. With a purported 250+ mile range on a charge and a zero to sixty time in the 4-second range, the E-Motion could be a very attractive package.
Of course, this will probably be another MG model that will never reach US shores. Although, at least there would be little to know emissions regulations holding things back since this vehicle will be electric. Sadly, with SAIC looking to pull all manufacturing out of Britain, this would be a British car in the badge, and perhaps a bit of engineering, only.
Speaking of that badge, if you take a look at the image of the badge on the front grill or rear valence of the E-Motion concept you will notice that it only bears a passing resemblance to an octagon. Modern and not-unattractive, sure. But for the purists among the MG fans, it seems to be just one more slap in the face of the company’s rapidly disappearing acknowledgment of heritage. We all know companies must sell cars now and look to the future, but other manufacturers such as Jaguar, Land Rover, and even MINI seem to do a much better job of acknowledging where they came from – even if just to build upon that customer base.
Note: Photos courtesy of MG Cars UK.