MG X-Motion to be displayed at Beijing motor show

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MG will showcase its X-Motion concept at the Beijing motor show this month, providing an early glimpse of a new SUV model. Previewed in a picture showing its side profile, the model will inspire a production car that’s due on sale in China in 2019. Although mainly enclosed in shadow, the image shows that the X-Motion will take inspiration from the company’s striking E-Motion electric sports car concept of 2017.

Beneath its body, the X-Motion is based upon the same underpinnings and running gear as the Roewe RX8, which is a large, China-only SUV produced by a SAIC-owned brand born from the ashes of Rover. The RX8 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that makes 224hp and 361Nm of torque, suggesting the MG model could also be accessible with this unit.

Following its introduction to the Chinese market, the X-Motion will likely be offered elsewhere as part of MG’s global growth ambitions. It would sit above the ZS (recently spied in India) and the GS in the brand’s SUV line-up. Closer to home, MG Motor India had stated that their first vehicle for the domestic market would be an SUV, with the launch happening in the second-half of 2019. Company sources have shown that SAIC is working on an India-specific model, which is likely to take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta

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