The first SUV in MG’s history, the MG GS, has been unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show.
MG, now a brand of parent company Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), finally took the wraps off it highly anticipated new MG GS SUV. The Nissan Qashqai-rivaling newcomer will go on sale in China next month and will arrive in the UK next year. It will be joined by a Nissan Juke-sized crossover in 2016.
SAIC, first gave indications that an MG SUV was in the pipeline by unveiling the MG CS concept at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.
Under the hood, two engines will be available. The turbocharged 1.5-liter unit produces 168 PS (124 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, while the turbocharged 2.0-liter develops 220 PS (162 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. Depending on which engine is selected, it can be connected to a six-speed manual, a six-speed dual-clutch transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is optional.
The MG GS will go on sale in China later this year, while a U.K. launch is slated for late 2016. However, the company says the model unveiled in Shanghai is not “representative of the UK market version” as the Euro-spec model could be equipped with different engines and gearboxes – among other things.