This is the new MG6 spied testing on the Tourist day laps of the Nurburgring in Germany, Before its public debut at the 2010 Goodwood Festival Of Speed.
The MG6 will be first new MG since the ill-fated X-Power SV of 2002 and it will be produced at Longbridge, Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation president Chen Hong has promised.
Production of the 550-based hatchback will start at the Birmingham plant towards forth quarter of next year.
Development of this MG version of the 550 has been carried out by SAIC’s technical centre at Longbridge, which has been tuning the car’s chassis to suit MG branding.
The MG6 represents a clear break from earlier MG models with a fresh-looking exterior and modern interior – all aimed at appealing to a much younger audience than recent MG models.
At 4653mm in length, 1827mm in width and 1478mm in height, it is marginally longer and wider but slightly lower than the Skoda Octavia.
The engine choices, consist of two lightly updated versions of the 1.8-litre K-series engines now badged the N-series one of them turbocharged.
Unless they have been significantly upgraded, power outputs will be arounf 135bhp for the normally aspirated 1.8 and 160bhp for the turbo.
SAIC claims the MG6’s arrival “marks the start of one of the most exciting periods in the 85-year history of the iconic MG brand, as it prepares to expand globally, starting with the world’s largest automotive market in China”.
Hong said the MG6 is the first of range of contemporary new MG models, including a new entry-level model based on the Roewe 350 that is also planned to get its first public airing in Guangzhou, with the objective of re-establishing the once highly regarded British marque.