Set to spearhead brands’ second-stab at the UK market.
Seven years has passed since British marque MG came back to life, returning to the market with a mid-size saloon dubbed the ‘MG 6’ paving the way for the brand to make its presence felt in the market. After culling the model in the UK last year amid poor sales, the second-generation MG6 has been revealed, promising a degree of sophistication that the outgoing model sorely lacked.
The MG6 carries with it the newest interpretation of the brands’ ‘Sensibility’ design language, which we first saw on the E-Motion concept some time ago. There’s a sleek fastback roofline that connects the aggressive nose to a steeply-raked rear, with the former getting sharp headlights to a ‘Star Rider’ grille that looks suspiciously like the sort of chintz Mercedes-Benz peddles.
The profile of the MG6 sees a prominent feature line that connects the headlights to the cars’ rear haunches, with the rear dominated by ‘Ambilight’ taillight units with twin-light guides and sequential indicates. Toward the bottom, you’ll find a rear diffuser-like element framed by twin exhaust exits.
The interior of the MG6 is a stark departure from the outgoing car, with a sporty appeal that also manages to appear somewhat plush. Design-wise it’s comparable almost to an Audi, though we’re expecting cabin quality to be more on par with something like a Mazda. The clean design is a result of a lot of functions being lopped into the large touchscreen infotainment system, which runs on Alibaba’s YunOS operating system that controls most of the cars’ functions. As part of YunOS, expect the MG6 to come with advanced voice control, intelligent mapping, and even a degree of remote control.
It’s a mystery as to what lies under the bonnet, but it’s been reported on Chinese media that the new MG6 will employ a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, producing a respectable 126kW and 250Nm, sending power to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Chinese sales will commence in November, with the MG6 expected to hit the UK market next year. We wonder if the MG6 will make it to our shores as part of the company’s repositioning in our market. We certainly like what we see here, and we’re sure it’ll shake up the segment to a degree if it arrives.