Spied – Ssangyong Korando-based MG CS spotted in China
Aravind Jayachandran, I'm a huge petrolhead, an automobile engineer, a massive fan of Ferrari, and loves collecting die-cast models for inspiration.
A 2.0-litre turbo petrol is in the offing.
MG is currently working on a crossover that draws influence from the CS Concept that was unveiled last year at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.
Called the MG CS, its based on the Ssangyong Korando’s platform and looks almost identical to the concept model. It features a Renault-esque front face that proudly wields the MG badge in the center, and is flanked by large headlamps.
Under the hood, the MG CS is expected be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine capable of producing 204 bhp. The power will be transferred to the front wheels via a six speed manual or automatic gearbox. For the U.K. market, the MG CS will also offer a 2.0-liter diesel motor that outputs 173 bhp and 360 Nm of torque.
Currently owned by SAIC Motors of China, the new MG has failed to recapture the essence of its former British glory. Its model lineup includes the MG 750 (or the Roewe 750 in other markets), MG 6 sedan and the MG 3 hatchback.
With sales in the slump, MG is counting on the production version of the CS crossover as well as an upcoming “MG Roadster” to score profits in the highly competitive market.
The Ssangyong Korando crossover was studied for the Indian market by parent company Mahindra but being a 5-seater with a pricetag of a 7-seater hindered its launch in the sub-continent.
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