Third time’s a charm? New MG GS revealed

Published: 05 May 2016

► New 2016 MG GS revealed
► Compact SUV with 1.5-litre petrol
► Dual-clutch automatic option

You might have already forgotten – or tried to – but, just in case, MG’s back! Again! And this time it’s with – drumroll please – a crossover.

That’s right, the long-mooted MG GS has finally been unveiled – at the new London motor show, no less. It will join the ‘new’ MG range, sitting alongside the MG3 and MG6, and grant the company a potential avenue into a far more lucrative and popular sector.

So what’ll it come with?

Details regarding the Toyota RAV4-sized SUV are few and far between. All MG has confirmed so far is that the engine will be a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol, that there will be three trim levels and that top-spec versions will be offered with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. All sounds pretty reasonable.

The company proudly states that this is ‘the British manufacturer’s first automatic’. Presumably only if the buyers don’t know about – or mentally discount – all the automatic cars the brand has produced in its previous life. Perhaps it means first in-house automatic, or first dual-clutch unit – time will tell.

Is the GS going to be expensive?

Prices for the new MG GS will be revealed in June and are said to ‘reflect the family pricing strategy’. Here’s hoping that means it’s cheap, and cheap enough to justify consideration among far more established rivals.

Matthew Cheyne, head of sales and marketing for MG, said: ‘When we officially launch the GS next month, people will be able to find out more about the car’s performance and when they can get behind the wheel of one.’

In 2015, MG registered a total of 3152 cars, placing it behind Subaru (3455) and SsangYong (3344). The likes of Dacia, however, registered 26,228 cars.

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By Lewis Kingston

Formerly of this parish. Inveterate car buyer and seller; currently owner of a '68 Charger project car