Reborn MG brand ready to strike again.
Less than a year ago, resurrected MG brand revealed its X-Motion SUV concept during the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. The study previewed a dynamic flagship sport utility vehicle for the brand, which is now taking prototypes out for tests before the actual production begins. These two trial cars were shot by our photographers somewhere in Scandinavia with British number plates and both featuring an RHD configuration.
While both cars still have full-body disguise, the one with number plate BX68 JMO seems somewhat closer to the final production look of the SUV. Most of all, that’s due to the different design of the rear bumper’s diffuser and the two exhaust tips surrounding it.
Other than that, both prototypes look almost production ready featuring their final light clusters at the back and up front. These are obviously ICE-powered vehicles and rumour has it a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor is under the bonnet.
It’s the turbo that’s also used by the Roewe RX8, a large, China-made SUV produced by a brand born from the ashes of Rover. This unit generates 221 bhp and is likely mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. As far as the new MG SUV is concerned, in standard form, power is reaching the front wheels, while optionally available should be an AWD system.
Since its relaunch, MG, which still has a design centre in London, has been focused mainly on the Chinese market but is also targeting a global expansion. The automaker is still introducing all its new models in the People’s Republic first and is then sending some of them to Europe particularly here in the UK, like the MG6 saloon and XS small crossover.
The new SUV seen recently testing is also expected to reach the shores of the Old Continent. Before that, MG will start selling it in China before the year’s end.