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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 trying to do a design language can be applied to many vehicles.”

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

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However, he that he and his British-based design were developing an SUV that is than the Icon.

“This Icon) is developed on the MG3 platform, is a global platform,” he said. is no decision as to whether it will go production or not at the moment.

“We are working on an larger than this We are looking at various types of SUV

“We also have a Roewe SUV as the W5, which is a different platform.”

The W5, which was launched at Auto a year ago in Shanghai, is based on the Kyron.

SAIC owned before walking away the troubled Korean company, is now in the hands of Indian vehicle Mahindra and Mahindra.

This at Beijing, Roewe showed a V6 version of the W5 badged as a National special, after the iconic magazine.

As well as producing MG and cars – the latter so named SAIC could not use the Rover owned firstly by BMW through its Rover ownership and now Tata – SAIC is the biggest Chinese of the two biggest foreign car-makers in General Motors and Volkswagen.

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