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Chinese-owned British brand unveils new crossover SUV; marks major expansion

The MG GS crossover SUV has been revealed at this year`s Shanghai Auto Show, marking a major expansion for the brand.

The new GS will go head-to-head with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai in the already crowded family crossover class.

The Chinese-owned, British-based brand has been planning a crossover SUV for a while, first suggesting it at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. The show car`s dimensions suggest that the GS will be similar in size to a Honda CR-V

The GS sports a similar front end to the MG3 and MG6 hatchbacks that MG already produces, which is a means of bringing all the models together under one family design. The body shape is rounded at the rear and has a similar silhouette to a Mazda CX-5.

Not much is known about the interior, but expect the GS to arrive with the seven-inch touchscreen seen in the revised MG6 saloon.

In terms of engines, the MG GS will go on sale in China with a 2.0-litre petrol engine that produces 217bhp and gives the car a 0-100 kmh time of around eight seconds. However, UK test cars have been spotted with a 1.5-litre petrol that could produce around 150bhp.

A 1.8-litre diesel engine is also in the works for UK models and will join the line-up before the GS goes on sale in this country in 2016.

The MG GS is believed to be running on a `scaleable platform`, where the same mechanical parts are used on a range of different-sized vehicles. This makes the model cheaper to build and should mean a competitive price compared to rivals.

There`s also talk of a smaller crossover that could arrive in 2017 and go head-to-head with cars like the recently revealed SsangYong Tivoli and popular Nissan Juke.

The MG GS is planned to go on sale in early 2016.


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