What is it?
The Roewe 350 won't be formally launched until the Bejing motor show later this month, but already it has been confirmed a hatchback version will be on sale in the UK this time next year, badged as an MG and part assembled at the MG Birmingham plant in Longbridge.
As with the MG6, a development model of which we recently drove and found to be borderline best-in-class to drive, the Roewe 350 is based on an all-new platform. Its set-up has been tuned by the SAIC technical offshoot in the UK.
What's it like?
There are some similarities in appearance to the 550/MG6, although it's hard to call the 350 stylish. Inside it is a cut above the 550/MG6, although there's still a fairly basic use of leather and silver trim detailing. The switchgear shows some flair and the interior materials are of a high standard.
Visibility is good, particularly up front thanks to small A-pillars that give the cabin an airy appearance. It's spacious too, particularly in the rear.
The 1.5-litre engine, however, is a disappointment. Part of the new NSE family of engines being produced by SAIC, it only meets Euro 4 emissions standards and will need modifications to reach Euro 5, meaning UK buyers won¹t be buying it in this spec. Instead, a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit will be added to the Roewe 350 line-up, with a new 1.3-litre unit expected to feature in the MG range.