MG brand to launch a small crossover in 2017 image

The British automaker owned by China’s SAIC Motor has confirmed it will launch a new smaller crossover, likely to arrive next year.

The British brand released this year its first ever SUV in Europe, namely MG GS, a model that actually debuted last year in China and developed on a new modular platform made with parent company SAIC Motor. However, the company plans to further seize as much as possible from the hot crossover momentum that sweeps the region, by preparing another smaller model.

MG’s head of marketing Matthew Cheyne told Autoexpress that this ongoing boom cannot be ignored and the new crossover will be spawned from the same platform used by MG GS, which is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol with 164bhp matted to a 6-speed manual gearbox. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic is also available. According to the magazine, the baby SUV is likely to be revealed in 2017 and will take some of the design cues from the MG Icon concept displayed at the Beijing Motor Show in 2012.

Furthermore, the modular platform can be adapted to support much larger models as well, thus the potential for a seven-seat SUV in the near future. MG’s focus on this segment means that there are no firm plans for some sporty cars at this moment. Cheyne revealed that by the end of the decade, MG will launch new versions of the MG3 and MG6, along with the SUV plans.

Via Autoexpress