MG’s fortunes still reside with the British market, even though it has Chinese patronage today, so we’re not surprised the company is previewing a new model in the popular subcompact crossover segment.
The firm’s latest model will be a small SUV, previewed recently through a design sketch – with the rumor mill claiming it will share at least one powertrain option with the bigger GS, but also pave the way for new units into the range. The model will be officially introduced in front of the audience of the Guangzhou motor show on 18 November from where it’s expected to soon start sales in China but also in Great Britain. The model sits in the company’s lineup under the GS, but the new SUV set to rival offerings such as the Nissan Juke has a much bolder design with the Anglo-Chinese company’s new Jaguar-inspired grille, headlamps that extend into the grille frame and an intricate front bumper.
The new SUV has been penned by SAIC Design – a division of MG’s parent company, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, with influence from its design studios in China and the UK. The British availability is only set for 2019, and the model will carry the 1.5-litre engine from the MG GS – where it develops 164bhp and 184lb ft of torque. Other carry over’s might be the six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic – with prices set to compete other affordable models – such as the SsangYong Tivoli – which is considerably cheaper than a Nissan Juke.