Unveiling of Chinese-market car shows that the 6 has taken a leap upmarket; UK version will follow closely
Jimi Beckwith
22 September 2017

The new MG 6 has been revealed for the Chinese market ahead of an anticipated UK launch next year. 

Following the design of the new GS SUV and hugely popular E-Motion electric sports car concept, the 6 has a Mazda-like front end, with the intricate pattern in the grille inspired by Mercedes-Benz’s ‘Diamond’ design. MG calls the grille ‘Star Rider’. 

Other higher-end touches include sequential indicators and LED lights. 

Inside, the 6 takes a leap upmarket over its predecessor, with the option for a red leather interior in its home market. The seats are electrically adjustable.

The new car also moves with the industry trends with an electronic parking brake, a central infotainment touchscreen and a smaller LCD driving information screen between the two dials. The dashboard is largely button-free, with the steering wheel housing the majority of the controls. Voice control is also included. 

More upmarket details on the dashboard, as well as round air vents and silver trim across the interior, give the car a less plastic-heavy look than before.

Underpinnings are shared with the Roewe i6 saloon, which has a wheelbase of 2715mm, making the 6 a future rival to the Hyundai i40. This also means that engines are likely to be carried over from the i6 - these are a 123bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol with 125lb ft of torque, and the 1.5-litre petrol unit with 164bhp and 184lb ft of torque that's also used in the GS.

A plug-in hybrid option also features in the i6, combining the 1.0-litre petrol unit with an 82bhp electric motor. If this is carried over to the 6, it will be MG's first hybrid. 

Internet connectivity is available on the Chinese-spec car, adapted from a system used across parent company SAIC’s other models. 

An MG spokesman couldn’t confirm details of the UK-spec 6, but it’s likely that the car will be revealed at the London motor show next year, following the reveal patterns of the GS and XS SUVs.

It’s also likely that the second-generation MG 3 will make its debut at the show.

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22 September 2017

Looks good and shows that MG is prepared to have a significant presence within the UK, with the XS this year, new MG3 and MG6 next year, the year after another larger SUV, and in 2020 a new sports car, new GS, mild facelifts for the XS and then 2021 an all new MGTf which by this time, MG will be available Europe wide with the UK the base of the brand - unfortunately NO production at Longbridge, yet.

22 September 2017

Unfortunately NO production at Longbridge EVER, now that the factory has been demolished.

22 September 2017

Looks like a rip off of a Hyundai who in turn rip off design cues from other manufacturers. I can see 6 styling cues on this new MG6 which appear to belong to other cars.

22 September 2017

​But no one ripps off other makers designs more than Jaguar.

22 September 2017
I've seen quite a few of the old shape MG6 around. With the way this new model looks I think they'll increase sales easily as this looks great. Yes, it has design cues pilfered from other makes but I hope they do well with this.

Can your GP prescribe anything for range anxiety?

22 September 2017

There is NOTHING MG about this thing.

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23 September 2017
BigMitch wrote:

There is NOTHING MG about this thing.

Yes there is, the badge...

Beats me why anyone has any affection for, or loyalty to that badge now.

Citroëniste.

23 September 2017
Bob Cholmondeley wrote:

BigMitch wrote:

There is NOTHING MG about this thing.

Yes there is, the badge...

If this company wants to prolong the MG brand, as well as using the traditional badge why doesn't it do a modern take on the MG grille that used to adorn MG saloons of the 50s and 60s, instead of that Mazda-esque one?  After all, every manufacturer these days seems to be obessed with having a distinctive grille, even on some EVs!

23 September 2017
streaky wrote:

Bob Cholmondeley wrote:

BigMitch wrote:

There is NOTHING MG about this thing.

Yes there is, the badge...

If this company wants to prolong the MG brand, as well as using the traditional badge why doesn't it do a modern take on the MG grille that used to adorn MG saloons of the 50s and 60s, instead of that Mazda-esque one?  After all, every manufacturer these days seems to be obessed with having a distinctive grille, even on some EVs!

I think you missed the intended irony.

Citroëniste.

22 September 2017

How can people for one second think that this shows MG's commitment to the UK? In the past 12 months they've let go of a lot of staff including assembly staff, demolished Longbridge, stopped UK production, dropped models and dropped most of the options and colours from their existing range. The cars have dismal sales and aren't improving. Dealers come and go like the changing of the weather also. UK parts supply has been terrible with many MG6 parts on back order for month The slow boat from China isn't that slow these days. Add to all of that, when the UK branch is asked for a comment about the new MG6 it appears they don't know anything about it. The author of this piece is forced to fill in the blanks in the above piece with a best guess that it MIGHT be shows at the London Motor Show along with the lightly refreshed and well out of date MG3. Their commitment to the UK is poor at best. A rubbish company, now producing rubbish cars for customers of questionable intelligence.  

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