MG Motor UK Limited is all set to launch its first ever production SUV, which will appear in showrooms across Britain in 2016. Chinese automotive markets, however, will get to embrace the model in the first half of the current year.
MG Motor, China-based SAIC Motor’s wholly owned subsidiary, has recently revealed its new GTS SUV officially. The SUV in the making was first previewed in 2013, in the form of the CS Concept, at a popular global motor event held at Shanghai.
The GTS SUV’s production version has been styled under the leadership of Anthony Williams-Kenny, design chief at MG Motor. The company’s design teams based at Longbridge and Shanghai collaborated to devise and finalise the forthcoming SUV’s styling strategy.
MG Motor’s first SUV mostly adopts the look of the much-admired CS Concept. The GTS oozes a highly contemporary appeal and features a close resemblance to family members such as MG3, MG5 and MG6.
The well-styled MG GTS SUV’s key design elements include a plain grille that features the company’s traditional ‘Morris Garages’ badge in its iconic octagonal shape. Moreover, there’s a heavily adorned, dual-tone bumper at the front, trapezoidal headlights, structured flanks, blacked-out pillars, sheer surfacing and an oblique tailgate.
The MG GTS SUV is 4.5m in length, 1.85m in breadth and 1.675m in height. These dimensions make it 73mm longer, 46mm broader and 8mm lower compared to the Volkswagen Tiguan. The GTS has a 2.65m wheelbase; VW Tiguan’s is 46mm shorter.
Earlier, speculative reports suggesting that the imminent MG GTS SUV shares the same platform as the new Ssangyong Rexton were doing rounds in the industry. MG, however, states that the GTS has adopted a fresh scalable SUV architecture designed in association with SAIC.
Engine Line-Up and Performance
At the moment, MG Motor has confirmed only one engine for its debut SUV model. Official information from SAIC’s engineering headquarters situated at Longbridge, however, confirms that more engines are lined up for release later.
The engine planned for initial release is designed and developed in-house. It is a 2.0l four-pot turbocharged petrol engine that delivers an extremely competitive power output of 217bhp and a torque of 258lb ft.
Soon after its introduction this year, GTS is scheduled to be offered in the Chinese market with an economical engine – a 1.5l four-pot turbo petrol – generating 168bhp and 184lb ft.
MG Motor, and SAIC, have also planned to launch a diesel variant of GTS in certain markets including the British. This engine is expected to be the same 148bhp, 1.8l four-cylinder unit offered on various MG automobiles already.
The debuting GTS SUV will feature power channelled via a six-speed, twin-clutch auto gear apparatus offered as standard. SUV buyers will be able to choose from either front-wheel or all-wheel drive transmission setup.
The new MG GTS, in its all-wheel-drive form, will allegedly be capable of going from zero to 62mph in nearly 8s. MG Motor is yet to announce performance and fuel efficiency statistics in greater detail.
MG’s upcoming five-seat SUV will go on sale across China in May 2015; whereas the UK will witness the introduction of the model only in early 2016. The official statement regarding the same has come in from MG Motor’s parent concern – Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation.