The Chinese SAIC Corporation has confirmed the debut of a crossover built by the MG Company. The British MG Company, owned by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation at the moment, has announced that it will show the new concept of its compact MG CS crossover at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show. The MG Brand was bought by the Chinese Auto Manufacturer Nanjing Automobile in 2005. This manufacturer later became a part of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, a huge family to be a part of. Chinese managers tried to bring the MG Company back to life in 2011 and have resumed the production process in United Kingdom.
The new concept represents the future development of the Icon prototype that was shown at the Beijing Auto Show last year. Some of its stylistic elements were taken from the MGB GT model that was initially produced during the 1965 and 1980 years. The platform for this car was taken from the Chinese Roewe 350 and MG5 models.
MG CS will be equipped with a 1.5 liter four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 135 hp.
This engine is developed by the SAIC personally, and developed specifically for this model. The assembly of the serial version of this car that will be created based on the concept version is planned to take place in one of the MG original plants in Surrey. The interesting thing about this car is the fact that it is initially planned to be sold only in China. Well, the company may later import this vehicle to Europe, but to buy it first you’ll need to order it from china.
The crossover has a really unique and fresh design, and despite the fact that this is just a concept, you can already tell the serial car will be quite a beauty itself. So why does the company position the car to the Chinese market only? Well, the thing is, the demand on such cars in China has grown significantly for the past couple of years and people are buying such cars like crazy. Compared to European sales, this is a huge deal for any auto manufacturer, especially those with innovative concepts.