Words and Photographs: Headline Auto
Among the visitors to Auto Shanghai was a group of UK -based MG Dealers who were in the city as guests of SAIC Motor and they were given the low-down on the marque’s product plans for the next five years.
Central to that was the launch at the show of the MG Concept 5, a forerunner to the production model that will spearhead the marque’s drive into overseas markets alongside the MG3 and MG6
The Dealers were told that long term plans include a new sports car which would have to be rear-wheel drive, ‘to invoke the spirit of the MGB’. It would be 2016 at the earliest before this car is launched since feasibility studies are only just beginning.
However, before then, a crossover to rival the Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai is pencilled in for 2014 as is a replacement for the MG7 which will be built off the same platform as the Vauxhall Insignia since SAIC Motor has access to GM technology through its Chinese joint venture.
This JV will also see a new family of 1.0-1.5 litre engines developed. Hybrids and EVs are also in the pipeline with the all-electric EP11, based on SAIC Motor’s E1 Concept unveiled at the Shanghai show, due to debut in October 2013. This will have both slow and rapid recharging.
[Source: Headline Auto]