MG Motor UK’s new Qashqai rival, the sharp-looking GS SUV, is now testing in the UK, and sporting Birmingham number plates. The car, which was snapped by AROnline reader, Steve Webb, on the M42 last week, is powered by a GM/SAIC 1.5-litre engine according to DVLA registration data – although we rather hope it’s actually sporting the promising 2.0-litre turbo that powers the launch models in China.
MG Motor UK is remaining tight-lipped about when the GS will arrive in the UK, even if it has confirmed that it will be coming in 2016. Current thinking is that it will arrive in the third quarter, but we hope that it’s sooner. The likelihood is that the car will be imported wholescale from China and will run on chassis settings honed for the UK market. The car will be needed if MG Motor UK’s plan to expand in its ‘home’ market are to be realised through a dealership network expected to rise by 50 per cent by the time of the GS’s launch.
(Photo: Simon Feagan)
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