The first steps towards a new MG sports car will be taken this year, while a new halo model is also under consideration

MG Motor’s Chinese design studios will be developing options for a new sports car this year, according to well placed insiders.

Exploratory sports car work has been scheduled for the vast SAIC design studios in Shanghai, which works in tandem with its studio at Longbridge in Birmingham.

However, a new sports car is not yet in the MG Motor product plan, because the brand has more vital models to pursue first. Instead, the aim is to investigate the kind of vehicle that a new sports model might be. 

Proposals are likely to include a traditional Mazda MX-5-style roadster, although the company might conclude that Mazda has this market sewn up, one source suggests. The 2012 Icon SUV crossover concept will also be a starting point for the exercise. 

MG is considering a halo model for the brand, too. This will not be the sports car but, again, could be partly inspired by the Icon. A halo model will need to appeal to buyers in China, where sports cars have very limited appeal. So an SUV or crossover seems more likely, especially since it will have international appeal.

Before any halo model is ready for the showroom, though, there will be a more stylish replacement for the 6

After the new 6, there will be a production version of the CS concept crossover unveiled at last year’s Shanghai show. A Qashqai rival, it’s scheduled for a 2015 launch, although it’s not clear whether this model will be part-built at Longbridge like the 3 and the 6.

The CS shares its platform with the 5 compact family hatchback, which might go on sale in the UK at a later date, but in facelifted form with updated powertrains.

An official announcement about the company’s next steps is expected later this year, possibly at MG’s 90th anniversary celebrations at Silverstone in June.

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27 May 2014
looks great hope they build it just like that

27 May 2014
"Proposals are likely to include a traditional Mazda MX-5-style roadster, although the company might conclude that Mazda has this market sewn up, one source suggests." I hope the Chinese aren't reinventing the weak management that helped kill MG and others in the first place. The success of the MX-5 should be a motivator, not the opposite.

28 May 2014
275not599 wrote:

"Proposals are likely to include a traditional Mazda MX-5-style roadster, although the company might conclude that Mazda has this market sewn up, one source suggests." I hope the Chinese aren't reinventing the weak management that helped kill MG and others in the first place. The success of the MX-5 should be a motivator, not the opposite.

Quite right. The MGF/MGTF sold quite well, as well as being very competitive with the MX5. Of course in some ways it wasn't as good, but in others it was better- or at least usefully different. You have to spend considerably more to get another mid-engined convertible sports car. If they can incorporate the efficiency and fun to drive aspects of the MX5 with the packaging of the MGF at a lower(Chinese) price and sell in the largest sports car market in the world, the USA, success is assured. Alfa Romeo is pinning their hopes on it but at a much higher price point. MG does have to get some more competitive engine technology. Direct injection and newer electronic controls would combine well with what is still the lightest engine available, the evolution of the K series currently fitted to MGs. They have to do it

28 May 2014
The right formula is surely a front (mid) engine rear wheel drive sports car, light build (China has the world's greatest magnesium reserves) and beautiful styling. The MGF was a well conceived compromise that was chosen partly because of the collapse in 1991 of Rover's 'Sterling Cars' operation. Around that time, certain voices were saying that Mazda had cornered the market for a small RWD sports car - so they should go for something different. Only we British could use such a stupid argument; Mazda went for the right formula and the right formula tends to be... right!

MG Writer

28 May 2014
This MG endeavour slowly seems to be gathering some momentum... I see more and more 6's on the road (though only seen one 3) and its performance in the Driver Power survey shows they are getting the basics of good ownership bang on!

A small SUV, a sporty 6 (to tie-in with BTCC) and perhaps an MGF-style roadster are exactly what it needs to push home the message. They get a lot of flack on here, but kudos to them for sticking at it.

28 May 2014
The ultimate car - MG Maestro

 

 

 

28 May 2014
If MG did a good job creating a new small sportscar it would sell - they have the brand and heritage to sell it. What they don't have however is a global dealership network and that might be a problem. However with some SUVs to sell too, I don't think finding US dealers would be a problem.

I can't work out MG and parent SAICs strategy at all. They have a strong business building GM and VW cars for the Chinese market, but they aren't really doing a good enough job with MG and Roewe, which surely were to help them export to other markets. The MG 5 looks horrific! Niche models are the way to go to establish themselves in UK and other western markets. B and C segment SUVs and a mid engined roadster and coupe could establish MG as a budget Porsche. Also how about an Alfa 4C rival in the spirit of the EXE concept of the 80's. The MG 3 was a step forward, but I live beside one of Scotland's only MG dealers and there hasn't been huge demand from what I can see, being too mainstream to begin with is a huge mistake.

I would be receptive to a revived MG but they shouldn't try telling me that a Nissan Juke rival is a sportscar. The Mini Superleggera shows that a modern roadster with classic British design cues can be desirable. Also the MG 3 and 6 remind me of modernised Metros and Maestros, and a revived MG should stand for something more aspirational than that. Nostalgia is all very well, but the market has moved on.

28 May 2014
As invisible as the MG6 is(well, i haven't seen one this year!)this car has to compete with the new MX5, the Abarth and ALFA's car,it will have to pretty damn good and get past the opinion of the current MG product, good luck!

Peter Cavellini.

28 May 2014
Confused brand, confused products.

16 June 2014
Whats confused about it, they have an MG6 midsized saloon car and an MG3 hatc city car, both are very good at what they do, and the three is very well spcified and priced keenly too, the MG6 has just been reduced in price, although it could do with another £2k per model reduction to get it moving.

both are sporty, not particularily in the way they go, but the way they look, and with numerous options over a million in total, it is possible to have a very bespoke product, teh Sportscar mooted here, wont happen for at least a decade, they have other things to worry about first.

New MG6
New MG5
New engines and Gearboxes
New CS

then there will be the facelifted MG3, the MG5 will not come to this country in its current guise, maybe a decent facelift will make it a better bet, Mazda has proven that a medium sized saloon can sell with the Mazda3, so who knows.

I am more interested if MG will continue with BTCC after this, the third and final year, of these sponsorship, I fear that they will not carry on, and save teh vast sums of money they are ploughing in, however I really hope to be proved wrong.

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