The MG Icon concept is a proposal for a future compact crossover which will be launched in China within the next few years. SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation), who own MG, are in the process of trying to return the British marque back to a profitable company producing cars people might actually want to buy. Their first all-new model, the MG6, has been in showrooms in the UK for around a year now. But during that time it’s notched up fairly abysmal sales numbers, party due to low perceived quality. In China however things are looking better for the brand. Mainly because quality is a relative thing, and most car buyers in China are easily pleased.
The MG Icon is the next big step for MG, it’s also MG’s first ever crossover vehicle. The styling is said to be inspired by the classic MGB GT, but any connection between the two is more or less limited to the fact both vehicles have four wheels.
The MG Icon will be based on the same underpinnings as that of the MG6, itself based on the Chinese-market Roewe 350. When it goes on sale it in 2014 it will join the MG6, MG5, MG3 and MF TF in the company’s lineup.
Power for the MG Icon concept comes from a 1.5 litre four-cylinder gasoline unit connected to a six speed manual. The concept will make its world debut at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show next week.