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Beijing show: MG takes the SUV

MG Icon set to get bigger brother as British marque looks at SUV

24 April 2012

FOR car fans with the prospect of a production MG crossover in the style of the Icon at the Beijing motor show week, the man who oversaw its design has bigger news: the Chinese-owned marque is looking at “all of SUVs at the moment”.

Shanghai Industry Corporation (SAIC) design director Anthony told GoAuto that no had been made on whether the light-size Icon – based on the platform as the new MG3 light hatchback the MG-Roewe partners – would go production.

But at least one SUV is under development, and it certain that at least of the design elements of the three-door SUV appear in future vehicles MG, which was bought by the Chinese along with the remnants of when the UK motor industry was on its

MG design and engineering is still (along with some of right-hand-drive MG6s for the UK) at MG’s base at Longbridge in the UK, while of the manufacturing is now down in China by – China’s biggest car-maker.

The MG which currently consists of the MG3, small MG5 and mid-size MG6 cars, is almost certain to in Australian showrooms sometime in the two years, with at least two importers putting their up for the Australian distribution rights.

Mr Williams-Kenny said the MG Icon had turned into an internet generating 40 times the internet as last year’s Beijing debutante, the MG5.

“You not believe the number of people who come up and said ‘my first car was an or ‘my brother owned an MGB’,” Mr Williams-Kenny, who apologetically admitted his car was an Astra.

He said the Icon on the traditional MG design strengths – in the MGB and MGA – but in a modern car design “to give the something different here in and globally”.

He said that, while the MGB influence was obvious in the front and design, the side view a line used in his particular old MG, the 1950s MGA, with its arch over the rear

“The roof graphic is direct – we have it on the MG3, so it is to give the roof a very line, very SUV in its style,” he

Mr Williams-Kenny said the design was of my thought process at the moment”.

of (the design) might its way into the design language of (MG) vehicles. We are doing and lots of vehicles at the moment.

“We are to do a design language that can be to many vehicles.”

Mr Williams-Kenny said it was too early to say if the MG would go into production, but “I so” – and he did not rule out a convertible version.

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he revealed that he and his British-based team were developing an SUV is larger than the Icon.

(the Icon) is developed on the MG3 which is a global platform,” he “There is no decision as to whether it go into production or not at the moment.

“We are on an SUV, larger than one. We are looking at various of SUV products.

“We also have a SUV as well, the W5, which is a different

The Roewe W5, which was launched at China a year ago in Shanghai, is on the SsangYong Kyron.

SAIC SsangYong before walking from the troubled Korean which is now in the hands of Indian manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra.

week at Beijing, Roewe a V6 3.2-litre version of the W5 badged as a Geographic special, after the American magazine.

As well as MG and Roewe cars – the latter so because SAIC could not use the name owned firstly by BMW its Land Rover ownership and now Motors – SAIC is the biggest partner of the two biggest foreign in China, General Motors and

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