The all-new 2017 MG GS SUV has been revealed overnight at the London Motor Show, promising three variants, and a dual-clutch transmission…

THE NEW 2017 MG GS SUV has been unveiled at the London Motor Show but MG is still keeping quiet about key details like power and whether the GS will be front-drive only, or run an on-demand AWD system. The Chinese-owned British car maker has said more details about performance will be revealed in the next few weeks.

In a short statement accompanying one photo only, MG said “The SUV’s top specification model will be available with the option of a DCT gearbox; which will be more responsive and provide customers with a much smoother ride. The GS will also come with an agile 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine and will be available in three different trim levels”.

Matthew Cheyne, Head of Sales and Marketing for MG, said: “When considering transmissions and engine choices, we listened to our customers and looked at market trends. It’s not only a momentous occasion to unveil our first SUV, it is also a significant moment to announce our first automatic – something many of our customers have been waiting for, and so we’re thrilled to be offering it to them.”

Cheyne added: “Regarding how much this fantastic new car will cost, it will be consistent with our other models. We’re proud of the fact our prices are transparent. When we say our cars are affordable, we mean it. The price structures are easy to understand and have no surprise additions.

The GS is the company’s first SUV and while there’s definitely a global appetite for SUVs, there are some wondering whether MG wouldn’t have been better off working on a sports car to cash in on its heritage. That said, maybe it’s hoping the GS will be a cash cow to allow the company to indulge its engineers…

There are still murmurs the brand is returning to Australia, and it would make sense the use this new SUV as a spearhead. To be honest, though, all this talk of a reemergence Down Under was back at the end of last year, although apparently the brand has been making a few calls this year…


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