It is the first time that the 92-year-old brand, famous for its sports cars such as the TF and the MGB has had an SUV in its line up.
MG also announced that the MG GS will come with the British manufacturer’s first automatic transmission.
While earlier speculative reports suggested the new SUV was based on the same platform as the latest Ssangyong Rexton, MG says the GS rides on a new scalable SUV architecture developed in partnership with SAIC. It has a wheelbase of 2650mm – 46mm longer than that of the Tiguan.
MG has only confirmed the 1.5-litre engine that produces 168bhp and 184lb ft engine for the GS, but others are planned to follow, according to officials from SAIC’s UK engineering headquarters in Longbridge. The in-house-developed turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivers a class-competitive 217bhp and 258lb ft.
Whether the GS arrives in Australia or not remains to be seen. MG was planning to relaunch its one and only model for Australia to date – the midsized MG6 sedan – last month, but no revised relaunch date has been revealed in its place.
There are still murmurs the brand is returning to Australia, and it would make sense the use this new SUV as a spearhead. To be honest, though, all this talk of a reemergence Down Under was back at the end of last year, although apparently the brand has been making a few calls this year…