MG, a traditional British automaker that is under Chinese patronage today, has officially introduced during the 2015 Auto Shanghai the new GS crossover.
The MG GS has already been previewed by the MG CS Concept that debuted at the same motoring event two years ago – the styling cues have been retained, save for the concept car specific details. The familiar design uses a traditional shape for the radiator grille and is complemented by sweptback headlights. The black plastic body cladding supports the SUV credentials, while the sweeping line and tailgate-mounted rear spoiler highlight dynamic styling cues. Optional features include the LED daytime running lights and a wide array of alloys with 16 to 18-inch wheels. The interior features angular shapes and is a little overwhelmed by the numerous buttons available, but at least features air conditioning, a split backrest, and a surround audio system, with upper trims also including leather upholstery, a premium audio system and an infotainment zone with six or eight inch touchscreen.
Beneath the hood reside two engine variants. There’s a turbocharged 1.5-liter power mill that delivers 168 PS (124 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque and a bigger turbocharged 2.0-liter that churns out 220 PS (162 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. These are mated to a six speed manual, six-speed dual-clutch or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – front wheel drive comes standard and all four traction as an optional extra. The GS will reach Chinese dealerships later this year, and the UK market will see it late next year.