SAIC Motor has unveiled its MG electric supercar concept at this week’s Auto Shanghai. Styled in the UK at the SMTC Design Centre in Longbridge, it’s a fine-looking, albeit generic coupe, with echoes of the recently-launched MG XS. It sports a controversial round version of the MG octagon, which initially had marque enthusiasts up in arms.
The E-motion features a slender a ‘Starlight Matrix’ front grille design, with headlights featuring the same LED detailing seen in the new mid-sized SUV. It’s what’s under the skin that offers up some interest – it’s a plug-in EV, and is underpinned by SAIC’s latest pure-electric modular architecture platform.
The company says that it’ll sprint from 0-62mph in less than four seconds, with a range of more than 300 miles. Inside, it has an intelligent infotainment system, and is fully internet-compatible.
What about that round MG octagon?
Designer of the MG Icon concept, Stephen Harper, commented: ‘Apart from the sacrilegious round octagon, it’s their best effort so far.’ He added, ‘I just wish they had kept the double bubble dashboard, rather than the nondescript effort they’ve made. That would have helped tie it to MG’s past, even though the exterior styling is as similar as A and B were.’
However, MG has confirmed that the move to a round octagon is a temporary one. The company’s Brand Manager in China, Chris Chen, told the MG Car Club: ‘The rounded logo on the E-motion is to highlight MG’s new family design, future production MGs will definitely keep the Octagon on every vehicle.’