Following a collection of unveiling teasers, SAIC has lastly launched the all-new MG7. The trendy fastback is positioned on the prime of the MG vary in China, coming with turbocharged petrol engines. It’s also the primary member of the Black Label Collection that’s targeted on upmarket styling and sportiness.
The MG7 is the non secular successor of the first-gen model (2007-2013), which was an up to date model of the Rover 75 (1998-2005). The brand new era has nothing to do with its predecessor, since MG designers opted for a extra aerodynamic five-door bodystyle as an alternative of the standard four-door sedan.
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Total, the model appears to be like fairly aggressive, because of its muscular physique. The front-wheel drive platform is obvious from the proportions, however the low-slung silhouette, the glossy coupe-style roofline, the frameless home windows, the massive alloy wheels, and the sculpted physique panes contribute to the upmarket appears to be like. The entrance finish is characterised by the sharp LED headlights and the massive stylized opening on the entrance bumper flanked by sporty intakes, just like the MG Cyberster idea.
The rear finish might be probably the most engaging a part of the MG7, because of the pronounced rear fenders, the full-width LED taillights, the closely inclined rear windscreen, the built-in ducktail spoiler, and the quad exhaust pipes. There may be additionally an energetic rear wing with a three-stage deployment just like the Porsche Panamera. When it comes to footprint, the MG7 measures 4,884 mm (192.3 inches) lengthy, 1,889 mm (74.4 inches) huge, and 1,447 mm (57 inches) tall. For an excellent measure, this positions it proper in between the Audi A5 Sportback and the A7 Sportback.
Contained in the five-seater cabin, we discover a typical free-standing digital cockpit that measures 33 inches and integrates the instrument cluster and the infotainment touchscreen. The dashboard appears to be like fairly fashionable but unoriginal, with ambient lighting and fancy textures inserting it nearer to the premium phase. Different options embrace the high-mounted heart tunnel, the panoramic sunroof, and the sporty seats with built-in headrests.
At launch, the MG7 is obtainable in two completely different ICE-powered variations, with plug-in hybrid choices rumored to comply with subsequent 12 months. The entry-level 300 VTGI is fitted with a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine producing 183 hp (136 kW / 185 PS) and 300 Nm of torque. Energy is distributed to the entrance axle by means of a seven-speed DCT automated gearbox. Those that need extra efficiency ought to go for the pictured 405 VTGI Trophy, coming with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 254 hp (189 kW / 257 PS) and 405 Nm of torque. The stronger motor is completely mated to a nine-speed ZF automated gearbox, once more sending energy to the entrance axle. The car can be geared up with an digital limited-slip differential and an electronically managed suspension.
It isn’t clear if MG plans on exporting the MG7 to different markets, however chances are high its ICE-only variations will stay a China-only affair, since Europe and North America are primarily targeted on electrification. The model can be domestically produced by SAIC MG. Costs can be introduced nearer to the market launch which is predicted earlier than the top of the 12 months.