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MG reveals plan for seven-seat SUV

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MG reveals plan for seven-seat SUV

MG is readying a seven-seat SUV as part of massive model overhaul that will double its range over the next three years.

The famed British brand, which relaunched in Australia in 2016 under the stewardship of its Chinese parent company, Shanghai Automobile Industrial Company (SAIC), is hoping to cash-in on the increasing global demand for soft roaders with a range-topping seven seater under development and planned for production before 2020.

Zhu Chao, general manager of SAIC Motor Australia, told Drive during an event at the company’s expansive Guande proving ground in China his week that MG “is planning a bit bigger SUV than the current [GS] that will be affordable and have a third row of seats.”

He was reluctant to divulge any further details, but a company insider said it would be based on SAIC’s modular platform that currently underpins the domestic-market only Roewe RX5, a mid-size SUV similar in size to the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace.

When it does eventuate, it is expected to be offered with a range of powertrain options including a plug-in hybrid capable of travelling more than 60km on electric power alone and emitting less than 2L/100km on an official fuel consumption cycle.

Before then, the current five-seater RX5 is expected to be re-badged as an MG for export to global markets, potentially including Australia.

It will join the GS that recently arrived in local showrooms as well as the smaller city-sized ZS that will launch in Australia later this year as a sub-$20k rival to the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and Mitsubishi ASX.

MG will also re-fresh its passenger car line-up over the next few years too, with a facelifted version of its small MG3 due next year, bringing with an upgraded engine with more power and better fuel consumption as well as the option of a four-speed automatic for the first time. The larger MG6 hatchback will continue largely unchanged until an all-new model is revealed in 2019, bringing with it new engines and adopting a more mature design language as previewed by the E-Motion electric concept car shown today at the Shanghai motor show.

MG’s chief designer, Shao Jingfeng, told Drive the E-Motion is near production ready and could be given the green light from management within 18 months if it is well received following its upcoming global motor show tour.

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