MG uncovers baby SUV

MATT CAMPBELL
Last updated 05:01 24/04/2013

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MG has unveiled its first foray into the booming SUV market in the form of the new CS concept.

The CS was revealed at the 2013 Shanghai motor show over the weekend by the brand's parent company Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), and it previews the Chinese-owned brand's first production SUV which will go on sale here in 2014. 

MG's newly established Australian arm confirmed the new compact SUV would come at the launch of its first model, the MG6 small sedan and hatch, last week.

No official details have yet been made public, but it is expected the CS will be based on the new MG3 small car's underpinnings, and will likely be powered by either a 1.5-litre, 1.8-litre or 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine. A 1.9-litre diesel is also thought to be an option.

The production version of the MG CS is expected to be sized similarly to the Nissan Dualis, Hyundai ix35, Kia Sportage and Skoda Yeti. The car was designed by MG global design director Anthony Williams-Kenny, and the company claims it ''oozes British design flair while embracing the sport DNA of MG''.

MG has previously unveiled another compact SUV concept, the three-door MG Icon, which is also expected to be produced as a rival to the Nissan Juke.

-Fairfax Media Australia

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