HRH Prince Andrew the Duke York visited MG Motor UK at Longbridge last Friday. He was given a guided tour of the impressive research and development centre, based at the site of the old ‘Elephant House’, as well as given an insight to the company’s UK model development plans. However most interesting for us was that he was shown 2012’s diesel engined model, and from the image, it looks production ready!
As new product reveals go, this one is quite special. And it’s all thanks to the eagle-eyed followers of MG’s Facebook page, as one of the visit’s photo’s clearly show an MG6 not sporting the TCI-Tech engine under its bonnet – and they were quick to point it out. The MG6 desperately needs a diesel version, and although AROnline was given an exclusive viewing of the prototype last summer, the Roewe 550-based prototype looked far from ready. However, the Union Blue example, road registered and looking ready to go for the Prince, was on proud display for him to see.
According to the DVLA tax disc renewal site, the car is powered by a 1849cc ‘heavy oil’ engine, and as yet, its Co2 rating is unstated. That engine capacity is shared with a compact four-cylinder Shanghai engine offered in Asian market – so it will be interesting to see if the MG6’s powerplant is a refined development of this.
According to sources with MG, the diesel MG6 will go on sale in the UK in Q4 2012, but given the petrol car’s current slow sales, will the company push forward that date to a more palatable summer unveiling?