MG UK's sales and marketing boss Matthew Cheyne expects the E-Motion to make production around 2020, priced from less than £30,000.
Following the release of images in the build up to the show, Cheyne said feedback had been good so the car was highly likely to get the green light.
The E-Motion features eye-catching butterfly doors and has a four seat layout inside. It uses advanced connectivity systems and touchscreen infotainment for both the front and rear passengers.
Using an all-electric powertrain that has been developed in house, the concept is claimed to be capable of 0-62mph in less than 4.0sec. It has a range of over 310 miles.
The E-Motion's front grille appears to take inspiration from Mercedes-Benz’ ‘Diamond’ grille, with patterns of dots in place of traditional mesh, while the front of the car isn’t dissimilar to Mazda’s design language. A motif incorporated into the headlight cluster appears to mimic the MG Icon concept of 2012, though, which in turn paid tribute to the MG B.
A sports car is a far cry from the mass-market friendly MG GS SUV and MG 3 supermini currently on sale from MG, which is a SAIC-owned company, but brand spokesman emphasised that MG's market was ready for such a product. It would be the first all-electric MG model to be produced since the EV concept of 2014.