China Watch : The next generation Roewe 750 revealed?
AROnline’s colleague in China, Ash Sutcliffe of China Car Times, has just obtained these two renderings of what appears to be the next generation Roewe 750 which will, we believe, be based on General Motors’ Epsilon II platform – that platform already underpins the Buick Regal and Opel/Vauxhall Insignia in short wheelbase form and the Buick LaCrosse and Saab 9-5 in long wheelbase form.
The car shown in the renderings clearly represents a radical departure from the traditional British design which the current Roewe 750 inherited from the Rover 75. However, although an MG7 (or MG8?)-badged derivative of the next generation Roewe 750 will probably be developed for the Chinese market, that may not reach Europe – MG Motor UK Limited’s Sales and Marketing Director, Guy Jones, certainly has some reservations about whether or not there would be sufficient demand for an MG-badged, E-segment competitor over here.
AROnline interviewed Mr. Jones back in May and, when asked about an MG7/Roewe 750 replacement, he replied: ” whilst there’s clearly a market in China for an E-segment MG model, there’s a question mark over the size of the European market for E-segment models outside of those from established European premium manufacturers such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
“I’m not ruling out the possibility of an E-segment MG model being launched in the UK and Europe but we would need to establish the business case and that’s not a priority – we’re concentrating on the B,C and D-segments first as that’s in line with current market trends.”
All the General Motors and Saab models which share the Epsilon II platform use the former’s Ecotec engines but AROnline reckons that SAIC Motor probably aims to have the SMTC UK-developed New Large Engine (NLE) readied for production in time to coincide with the launch of the next generation MY13 Roewe 750 in Q4/2012. Hopefully, by then, Guy Jones and his colleagues at MG Motor UK will be able to make a convincing business case for an MG derivative…