These images posted on auto.sina should leave AROnline readers in no doubt that SAIC Motor’s rapid development of the MG and Roewe marques shows no sign of slowing. Despite the warmed over Rover 75 only being four years old, its replacement looks to be in the latter stages of development – and it’s clearly based upon GM’s Epsilon II platform as we predicted back in December.
The new E-segment car takes over from the current 75-based car in mid-2013 and is likely to form the basis of a new MG7 which will replace a car that was never imported into the EU. The next-generation Roewe 750 will therefore be technically similar to the Vauxhall/Opel Insignia and Buick Lacrosse, as well as the Saab 9-5. However, as yet, it’s not entirely clear whether the car will come to the UK – it could fall well within SAIC Motor’s five-year plan for MG Motor UK but many UK buyers would rather see the return of an MG sports car.
MG Motor UK Sales and Marketing Director, Guy Jones, told AROnline back in May 2010, ‘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.’
Clearly launching the MG3 and MG5 are the next priority for MG Motor UK but, if the marque can be established successfully, the MG7 would make an intriguing alternative to the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and possibly even the Jaguar XF…