China Watch : SAIC launches MG 7L 1.8 Turbo

Namrita Chow, Automotive News China, 11th August, 2009

SAIC Motor has now launched the MG 7L

SAIC Motor has now launched the MG 7L in China.

SHANGHAI — A new, longer, turbocharged version of the MG 7 was launched in China in July to boost sales and strengthen the car’s image as a luxury car.

The MG 7L has a longer wheelbase of 2949 mm and stretches to 4949 mm in length. But the mega change is the shift to a turbocharged engine. The MG 7L comes with a 1.8T Kavachi T engine, with power output of 118 kw (160 hp) and torque of 215Nm.

The car also boasts Bosch made ABS and EBD systems and driver, passenger, side and front airbags made by Autoliv. The MG 7L comes in two versions: Comfort and Luxury, selling for 214,800 yuan ($31,450) and 248,800 yuan ($36,428) respectively.

However, it is too early to tell if the longer, more spacious and turbocharged MG 7L will win over new fans in China. A total of 1,691 MG 7 cars were sold in the first 6 months in China, down from 2,093 units in the same period last year.

[Source: Automotive News China]

Clive Goldthorp

Clive Goldthorp

Clive claims that his interest in the BMC>MG story dates back to his childhood in the 1960s when the family’s garage premises were leased to a tenant with an Austin agency. However, back in the 1920s and 1930s, his grandmother was one of the country’s first female Garage Proprietors so cars probably run in his genes! Admits to affairs with Alfa Romeos, but has more recently owned an 06/06 MG TF 135 and then a 15/64 MG3 Style… Clive, who was AROnline’s News Editor for nearly four years, stood down from that role in order to devote more time to various Motor Racing projects but still contributes articles on as regular basis as his other commitments permit.
Clive Goldthorp
Clive Goldthorp

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Clive claims that his interest in the BMC>MG story dates back to his childhood in the 1960s when the family’s garage premises were leased to a tenant with an Austin agency. However, back in the 1920s and 1930s, his grandmother was one of the country’s first female Garage Proprietors so cars probably run in his genes! Admits to affairs with Alfa Romeos, but has more recently owned an 06/06 MG TF 135 and then a 15/64 MG3 Style… Clive, who was AROnline’s News Editor for nearly four years, stood down from that role in order to devote more time to various Motor Racing projects but still contributes articles on as regular basis as his other commitments permit.

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  1. Natwest says:

    Great car 10 years ago, but now, at best, merely average compared with more modern Euro stuff. However, fairly competitive for the car’s current Chinese marketplace.

  2. Richard says:

    Would suit Gordo Browno hahahahhaaaa!

  3. Tim Collis says:

    Could one in theory purchase a RHD model for this country, or is it being built exclusively for the Chinese market?

  4. @Tim Collis
    MG 7s are only available on the Chinese market at the moment although MG-badged versions of the Roewe 750 are being exported to Belarus and Chile.

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