Chinese-owned brand will also produce a new MG 6 in 2018 and then two more SUV models

MG is planning to grow its UK line-up to six cars following the launch of its ZS compact SUV towards the end of this year.

Speaking to Autocar at an exclusive driving event at the Guangde Proving Ground in China, a spokesman said an all-new version of the MG 6 would then be launched in 2018.

The 6 will be built on parent company SAIC Motor’s IP32 structure, which is also used on the China-only Roewe i6 model – a saloon that’s about as long as the BMW 5 Series.

The structure is compatible with petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains, meaning it’s highly likely both will be offered with the 6 when it comes to Britain.

A product planning officer for the brand also revealed that MG intends to launch a larger SUV to rival the Nissan X-Trail, as well as a smaller one that could serve as a lower-cost offering in the compact crossover class.

SAIC considers these models to be MG’s best hope of cracking the UK market, where it has experienced relatively sluggish sales growth. The new models will also expand the brand’s line-up in Britain to six cars, when the existing MG 3 and MG GS models are included.

MG expects to sell around half a million cars this year in China, where its cars are produced. This means it has substantial financial backing to mount a charge on Europe and other new markets.

MG plans to increase its presence in South America, and product planning boss Zhang Liang said North America was also part of the firm’s long-term ambitions.

Additionally, the brand will produce a halo product inspired by the E-Motion electric sports car concept that’ll be revealed at the Shanghai motor show this week.

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18 April 2017
...hopefully the range will have room for a roadster as well as the MG E-Motion

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18 April 2017
So I don't mean it sarcastically, but does anyone really buy any of these?

18 April 2017
Funny you say that where I live in West Somerset a Ford dealer in Minehead took on an MG franchise as well, I've seen a fair few MG3's on 66 plates trundling around,but I've not yet seen a GS on the road,it's good value the MG3 and drives quite well and will probably sell quite well in this area

18 April 2017
Funny you say that where I live in West Somerset a Ford dealer in Minehead took on an MG franchise as well, I've seen a fair few MG3's on 66 plates trundling around,but I've not yet seen a GS on the road,it's good value the MG3 and drives quite well and will probably sell quite well in this area

18 April 2017
Wrong brand to achieve what they obviously want to do, i.e. to help plug the market for cheap and basic products, as per Dacia. Nothing wrong with that as Dacia proves but it's not MG. I wonder if that explains their invisibility?

18 April 2017
Earlier today I was seeing some exciting stuff about a really smart looking Roewe SUV and an MG coupe, both of which looked like they could be the start of a premium renaissance for what was MG Rover. Niche cars appealing to tomorrow's car buyers,and which could become a profitable modest success story. Now they are launching 4 budget SUV and an executive sized saloon to chum the tiddly 3 hatchback. Stop trying to sell the volume models here! Launch an electric coupe followed by a 4 door coupaloon and perhaps an MG version of the production electric Roewe and focus us on customer service through a small but profitable dealer network.

18 April 2017
gussy51 wrote:

Earlier today I was seeing some exciting stuff about a really smart looking Roewe SUV and an MG coupe, both of which looked like they could be the start of a premium renaissance for what was MG Rover. Niche cars appealing to tomorrow's car buyers,and which could become a profitable modest success story. Now they are launching 4 budget SUV and an executive sized saloon to chum the tiddly 3 hatchback. Stop trying to sell the volume models here! Launch an electric coupe followed by a 4 door coupaloon and perhaps an MG version of the production electric Roewe and focus us on customer service through a small but profitable dealer network.

You make some valid points; on the one hand the supposed marketing tactic in some markets appears to be pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap to compete with the lower cost end - and yet here with these MG and Roewe concepts, not to mention the facelift of the MG GS for China which seems to be confined to that market, they're making noises as though their natural rivals are the more upmarket VWs, Chinese Buicks and even the likes of Audi and BMW. Which is it to be - low cost luxury/ sporty or cheap alternative to KIA and the like?

MG Writer

18 April 2017
to make any real progress. chinese manufacturing is near the bottom rung of quality

18 April 2017
SAIC have got to realize that selling cars in the UK is a very long game,look how long it's taken the Korean manufactures to gain a foothold here. I'm sure that the company has both the resources and the design ability to produce more sophisticated models,the first Hyundai Pony or the Kia Pride weren't cutting edge products, but both companies dug in for the long haul and their products today fully justifies that approach.

19 April 2017
Hyundai and Kia weren't incompetent though, they had a plan and knew what they were doing.

This shower on the other hand.......

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