I got a text message at 5pm from a friend at auto.sohu.com, “Ive got a cool thing to share” he said “get on QQ ASAP“. Nursing a suspected cracked rib and sitting on the train, I was clearly in no rush to open my laptop and get online to look over a concept car from any company, but it seems the error was totally mine. The cool thing that he wanted to share was of course of the MG SUV concept, which goes by the MG Icon name.
It seems MG have thrown caution to the wind once again and created a concept that manages to define the word concept, it has an air of arrogance with MG’s new design theory that seems to throw classical English tones to the wind and says this is our way now. MG can do no wrong with their concepts, they come out as strong as ever only to be watered down when it comes to production time. The MG6 oozed sex appeal, the MG3 reminded us that Britannia was still cool well past the 1997 sell by date that Tony Blair started, the MG5 concept was the baby of the Shanghai 2011 Show and easily outshone everything else in the auto halls, the MG SUV is going to have strong competition in Beijing but it looks like it will once again outshine every other product.
The side profile is very Nissan Juke in its stance whilst the rear reflects back to MG’s past with the MGB clearly jaunting out – perhaps MG’s sole nod to the past to date. MG as part of SAIC design have set aside five keywords to describe the MG SUV: Revive, Fashion, Classic, Modern and Sporty. On the inside, the Icon has four seats, the usual racing bucket style seats but with the added coolness of the rear ones folding down flat to give a greater cargo space in what already looks like a limited area, think Range Rover Evoque but with a little less space. The dashboard looks nothing like what we have seen from MG before, and hopefully it will avoid the plastic jungle of the MG6 and the spartan (but very functional) MG3′s and MG5′s.
Engine power has still not been mentioned, MG’s fiercest critics have claimed that MG has not got its power plants right time and time again, but then they have to remember that SAIC opened the UK Technical Center in late 2005 and in that time they’ve had to roll out three cars and three different engines to satisfy Chinese demand, new engines are likely to becoming soon and the 1.5T is probably going to make its way into the MG Icon come production time.
More news as we get it.