MG GTS SUV officially revealed – China
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Is based on the Ssangyong Korando platform.
On its website, MG has revealed the first official images of their upcoming crossover, the MG GTS, which will go on sale in the Chinese market in the first half of 2015.
The exterior design draws heavy design cues from the MG CS Concept, which was unveiled at 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. It sits on the current Ssangyong Korando platform, since parent company SAIC once had a controlling stake in Ssangyong. According to a Chinese report, the rear suspension of the GTS SUV is based on the Volkswagen Tiguan and MG has called the resulting platform “SSA”.
MG has not revealed the interior shots of the GTS SUV, but expect it to have some resemblance to the Korando’s.
During the launch, the MG GTS SUV will come with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with 220 hp and 350 Nm. It will be coupled to a six-speed DCT, and use the ON-DEMAND all-wheel drive system to transfer drive. MG also says the car can accelerate to 100 kph from a standstill in 8 seconds.
Later on, a 1.5 turbocharged four-cylinder unit will join the line-up, with reported outputs of 167 hp and 250 Nm, fitted to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, say Chinese reports.
The vehicle’s price is expected to begin at around 120,000 yuan (INR 12.26 Lakh) and max out at 160,000 yuan (INR 16.35 Lakh). At the moment, it’s unclear whether MG will sell the GTS SUV outside China.
Competitors: Ford EcoSport, Honda XR-V, Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008
Expected Price: 120k – 160k Yuan (INR 12.26 – 16.35 lakhs)
Launch Date: Before July 2015