A number of first official images of MG’s new C-segment SUV were released by SAIC Motor in China last month (shown above and below). The production version of the CS SUV Concept, which was originally unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2013, is scheduled to be launched at Auto Shanghai in April, 2015 and will reach Chinese showrooms the following month.
The new model, which will now reportedly be badged as the GS, is based on a new SAIC Motor-developed scalable architecture dubbed SSA (SAIC Scalable Architecture?) and not, as previously rumoured by some Chinese sources, a modified version of the current SsangYong Korando’s platform. The dimensions of L: 4500mm, W:1675mm and H:1675mm will pitch MG’s new SUV against competitors such as the Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage.
The MG GS will debut in China with an SMTC UK-developed 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 217bhp and 258lb ft of torque through a standard six-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive will both be offered – SAIC Motor claims that the four-wheel drive version will accelerate from 0-62mph in “around eight seconds.” A turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 168bhp and 184lb ft of torque should also become available in China next year.
SAIC Motor has indicated that a UK introduction is scheduled for early 2016 – the UK range is expected to include a turbocharged 1.9-litre four-cylinder diesel engine based on the unit already found in the MG6.
More pre-launch images of MG’s new SUV have been released in China this weekend – take a look at a selection of the new shots in the gallery below.
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