MG to expand its SUV lineup at both ends
A larger GS and a smaller, sub-XS SUVs are coming, MG told Autocar at the XS’s debut at the London motor show
4 May 2017
MG’s seven-seat SUV will be a larger version of its GS, while a smaller, supermini-sized SUV will sit at the other end of the brand’s SUV lineup.
Speaking at the London motor show, MG’s UK sales and marketing boss, Matthew Cheyne, detailed the plans following the UK debut of the XS, the brand’s Nissan Juke-sized SUV.
The two new SUVs will bookend the brand’s SUV lineup, and will take the fledgling Sino-British brand into two new territories. The GS becomes a seven-seat SUV to rival the Nissan X-Trail in two years, when the model will be overhauled, rather than refreshed.
These new SUVs, along with the 3 supermini and upcoming 6 saloon replacement, will make MG’s lineup five-strong, with the E-Motion electric sports car sitting atop the range as a halo model.
This five-car product line will include plug-in hybrid and electric variants on the non E-Motion range, which will start with a plug-in hybrid XS, before a full EV XS comes in 18 months to 2 years’ time, says Cheyne.
The XS spearheads MG’s new design direction, with Jaguar-like grille and stylistic taillights; this design will first spread to the 3 when facelifted in the next 12 months, before other models adopt its look.
Cheyne aims for MG to be selling up to 25,000 cars by 2020 or 2021.