Though the UK launch of the MG6 now looks set to be delayed until 2011, the model’s development in China is continuing apace, with the MG6 Sports concept, a show car that could signal the return of MG X POWER to the UK market.
While the MG6 Sports concept would appear to make use of the same 1.8 litre engine, it does feature new air intakes on the front wings and bonnet, larger alloy wheels, a larger rear spoiler and a black, M3 style roof. The MG Rover-like Union Jack/Chequer Flag badges are likely to irritate some but it is encouraging to see that the Chinese company remains keen to remind all of the marque’s UK heritage.
The larger wheels and tyres and complimented by improved AP Racing brake calipers, while the car is noted as wearing TEIN badging on its bootlid, although at present it remains unclear what suspension components the Japanese manufacturer has provided.
Taken at the 2010 Chengdu Motor Show, the Chinese website that ran these images suggests these tweaks are the latest work of MG’s Birmingham-based Global Design Team and refers to this latest MG6 as a ‘new benchmark car’.
Although only a show car, it does go some way to addressing the concerns of those who perhaps felt the MG6 lacked the assertive attitude of previous MG saloons, such as the ZR and ZS. With the X POWER name now back in the SAIC Motor stable, this concept could provide the basis for the rumoured return to the British Touring Car Championship in 2011.
[Editor’s Note: AROnline wishes to thank Windy of MGUK.org for sourcing the images and information used in this article.]