MG's urban SUV concept points the way to the global launch of MG's Nissan Qashqai rival
Jim Holder
20 April 2013

This is the MG CS concept, the Chinese-owned British brand’s vision of a new MG SUV that will rival the Nissan Qashqai. MG has already confirmed a production version of the car will follow, and that it will be sold globally, indicating it will make UK dealerships.

The concept has been designed by a team led by Brit Anthony Williams-Kenny, who is the firm’s global design director. MG says it “oozes British design flair while embracing the sporting DNA of MG”. The SUV segment is the fastest growing in the world, so the SUV - the first ever from MG - is considered a priority.

The CS SUV is based on SAIC's Global A platform. It will be comparable in length and width to the MG5, but will be a strict five-seater

MG won't introduce the CS until 2015 as it needs to ramp up its European operations, but the timing leaves it poised to capitalise on the boom in sales of compact SUVs.

MG says the production car will look remarkably similar to this CS concept, although the firm has a history of significantly toning down styling when its cars reach production. According to design boss, Anthony Williams-Kenny, the styling focus was to create a car to reflect the wellington boot - a functional item that has now evolved to take on a stylish, premium role in certain parts of society, as well as emphasising the car's urban and country ability.

MG remain tight-lipped on powertrains, but it is likely 1.5- and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines will be offered in China, and a diesel is expected to be introduced for European markets. Four-wheel drive could be offered, but front-wheel drive versions are expected to make up the vast bulk of sales.

Glaring concept flourishes include the headlights, which feature a shard structure that refracts light in different colours from the side, but which coalesce when looked at from the front to form the octagon of MG’s logo.

The MG CS is unrelated to the retro-styled MG Icon, which was considered to be more of a style-led concept, although that car could evolve into a production model to rival the Ford Ecosport.

The imminent arrival of the CS SUV means that MG5 sales in UK may not happen immediately. Sales boss Guy Jones said: "We continue to evaluate the MG5, and it is an interesting car in an interesting segment, but no decisions have been made yet". It is likely that the SUV will take priority as it is both more profitable and operates in a larger market segment.

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20 April 2013

I'll wait till I see it though! Worth remembering they've hired a number of new designers, including one of the senior designers from Nissan's London design studio.

20 April 2013

...I'll take one

20 April 2013

Something about it reminds me Lamborghini's current styling, all the angles and lines. Really good looking car, I seriously hope it doesn't deviate too much from this. 

21 April 2013

The idea of pitching in to the compact SUV sector makes obvious sense, and if they also follow through with the MG Icon (or a development of that theme) then they will be flattering Nissan whose Qashqai/ Juke pairing follows a similar formula. However let us hope that along with all the exciting design work clearly in train, that SAIC will back this up with accelerated development and early production, because as far as the UK market is concerned, MG sales have barely left the launch pad.

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