The model is labeled as a “striking new addition to the UK model range,” but in effect it’s a near identical brother of the Chinese version that was first showcased during the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show and comes in as the make’s offer in the worded subcompact segment. MG refrained from delivering too much information and as far as we can see the only design modifications has to do with the blacked-out A pillars.
For an OTR price below that of the Nissan Qashqai (£18,545), MG will offer the GS with front-wheel-drive, a manual, and a 1.5-liter with 168 horsepower (170 PS) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm). Higher trims will boast all-wheel-drive, a dual-clutch auto, and a 2.0-liter with 217 horsepower (220 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. A turbo diesel will follow at a later date, offering 148 horsepower (150 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm).
Few details were revealed, except that initial cars will be powered by a 1.5 turbo petrol engine, although diesel and possibly a hybrid will be available later. The show car was front-wheel drive, although four-wheel drive is likely to be added later. No details yet on CO2 emissions or company car tax banding for the new MG GS.
The new GS will be sold alongside the MG3 supermini and MG6 small hatchback, which cost from around £8000 and £14,000, respectively. With that in mind, we expect the GS to cost from around £17,000, which will undercut similarly sized rivals.