by Mircea Panait at autoevolution.com
As many among you already know, MG Motor UK Limited is nowadays just a subsidiary brand of a Chinese company called SAIC Motor. Only recently, the state-owned Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation finally decided to unveil the MG GTS, a crossover that looks similar to the Renault Koleos.
Its proportions, glasshouse, even some creases intended to beautify the bodywork resemble those of the Renault Koleos, which is not exactly a looker nor a commercial success for the French automaker. If you peer over those similarities, you’ll notice a few details that make the MG GTS crossover likable.
As SAIC MG highlights on its official Chinese website, the MG GTS uses the brand’s new SSA vehicle platform.
If Google Translate is not mistaken, all-wheel drive and an active rollover protection feature come as standard on the high spec model. In terms of grunt, the best the GTS can do is a 2-liter petrol-fed turbo.
Apparently, this mill coupled to the all-wheel drive system translate to an 8-second sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph). MG’s 2-liter turbo powerplant is said to return 220 horsepower and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of twist. Mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, the powertrain isn’t too shabby by all accounts.
In the near future, a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol will also be offered, pumping 167 horsepower and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. Slated to premiere in the first half of 2015, the MG GTS will be built and sold in China, with no confirmation whether MG SAIC will import the new model in Western European markets.