MG's first SUV is priced from £14,995; available with 1.5-litre petrol engine and an automatic gearbox

The MG GS is on sale now priced from £14,995 to £20,995. It undercuts the Nissan Qashqai, which costs from £18,545.

Read our review of the 2016 MG GS Exclusive DCT here

MG's first SUV comes in three trim levels: Explore, Excite and Exclusive, costing £14,995, £17,495, £19,495 respectively. MG's first automatic gearbox is available in top-spec Exclusive trim for a total price of £20,995.

The GS has a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

Despite undercutting the Qashqai's starting price by around £4000, MG insists that the GS will not be a budget version of the competition, but an alternative to class leaders such as the Kia Sportage, which costs from £17,320.

MG acknowledges that the SUV and crossover segment is the fastest growing in the world, and hopes that the new model will act as a catalyst to help dramatically increase its sales volumes. Initial sales of 700-800 in the first year and 1000 the following year are the manufacturer's target.

The GS was styled under the stewardship of MG design boss Anthony Williams-Kenny, in a collaboration between MG's Shanghai and Longbridge design teams. He explained the brief behind the new car's styling, saying: “The world is changing quickly in terms of what we expect from a product, so our goal is to bring the most up to date design trends to our own.

"With MG’s first SUV, we wanted to design a car that would fit in with the MG family and have a slightly different look, of confidence and dynamism, that sets it apart from the other models.”

The GS adheres closely to the look of the well-received CS concept of 2013, with a highly contemporary look featuring a clear family resemblance to the recently introduced MG3, MG5 and MG6.

Key styling elements include a simple grille featuring the traditional octagonal Morris Garages badge, a heavily adorned two-tone front bumper, trapezoidal headlights, sheer surfacing, structured flanks, blacked-out pillars and an angled tailgate.

At 4500mm in length, 1855mm in width and 1675mm in height, the GS is 73mm longer, 46mm wider and 8mm lower than the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Autocar has already driven the Chinese-spec GS, and MG has assured us that the chassis, engine, handling, specs and interior will all be different to the Chinese model. 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.

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. The in-house-developed turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivers a class-competitive 217bhp and 258lb ft of torque.  

On the initial GS model, drive is channelled through a manual gearbox, or the standard six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Buyers will be offered the choice of either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. In four-wheel-drive guise, the new MG is claimed to accelerate from 0-62mph in “around eight seconds”. However, more detailed performance and fuel economy claims are yet to be made public.

A diesel variant of the GS is also planned. It's earmarked to receive the same turbocharged 1.9-litre four-cylinder unit already offered in various MG models, where it delivers 148bhp and 258lb ft of torque.

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7 February 2014

It's been parked in the same place on a Citroen dealership forecourt in Loughborough for the past 18 months.

Not a bad looking car to be honest, shame they don't sell more.

7 May 2016

I never understand why these companies, who appear to have little idea how to tune suspension well for UK roads, don't always just sub-contract the job to Lotus. It may be a "me-too" barge with little originality and a so-so engine but if the suspension was developed by Lotus, it would at least have something on the credit balance side. Then if they got Ricardo to develop the engine and provided a warranty to match Hyundai and Kia, they could have a reasonable seller on their hands. Sadly it is all never going to happen.

Wilson Laidlaw

7 February 2014

Wheelbase looks a bit short no? Reminds me of the ill-fated Renault Koleos in that respect. Also tiny wheels. I think they'll be turning miracles if this drives anywhere near as well as a Qumquat or a Kuga.

7 February 2014

There are kids out there today who will grow up never having seen a new MG, and going on these spy shots, that may be a good thing. Best not corrupt their minds, eh. Keep them well away from Loughborough for a while.

7 February 2014

Just to avoid any confusion. The MG5 and MG6 platforms are not related, as the MG6 has a distant connection to the Rover 75 (very distant actually as only the front subframe is shared). The MG5 platform was developed separately for SAIC by Ssangyong when they owned the South Korean manufacturer prior to their purchase by Mahindra.

The speculation is that the MG SUV is actually based on the underpinnings of the Ssangyong Korando which SAIC retained the rights to. For proof of this look closely at the front & rear doors of the camouflaged MG - they are the same as the Korando.

7 February 2014

I must confess to not understanding the machinations of the car industry, but I would've expected that a 'new' car company would create and put on the market a vehicle that would sell, thereby generating revenue to fund other vehicles ... All we've had from SAIC/MG so far is a saloon/notchback that's yet to make even a modest impact on the market, a supermini with an old wheezy engine and now we get a SUV/crossover that has little hope against an exceptionally talented (and established) field ... The only hope is that the new engine saves the rest of the range ...

27 August 2015

MG does not build cars specifically for the UK, something you overlook. The UK and Europe is of secondary importance after China.

7 February 2014

Let's hope that 1.0 engine makes it to the MG3. It's a fine little car, ruined by an engine that's not suited for European tastes

7 February 2014

..their efficient new petrol engine range??? Presumably fitted with a wick carburettor and trembler coil ignition? Press release words are easy to write. Unfortunately, thus far in this sorry fiasco, the words in their various press releases have turned out to have no correlation to reality.

27 August 2015

Your lack of knowledge is typical of the psycholgically-worrying hate directed towards MG. You seem to be unaware of the fact that SAIC is China's largest car maker and has plenty of in-house technical capabilities. Clearly their product-planning is not always on-the-ball, but the UK is a market of little importance to China at the moment.

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