By Stewart Smith on 2016-05-06 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
MG GS an SUV first
MG has unveiled its all-new SUV, the MG GS, at the London Motor Show.
At an exclusive preview event at the Battersea Park show, Chinese-owned MG pulled back the cover on the GS to reveal the new addition to the UK model range.
It is the first time that the 92-year-old brand, famous for its sports cars such as the TF and the MGB has had an SUV in its line up.
MG also announced that the MG GS will come with the British manufacturer's first automatic transmission.
The SUV's top specification model will be available with the option of a seven speed DCT gearbox instead of the standard six speed manual transmission.
The GS will also come with a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine and will be available in three different trim levels.
The top range model revealed at the show included leather trim and a smart looking interior complete with a fold-down rear amrest and shiny kickplates.
The instrumentation includes a central display screen and the car is also fitted with an electronic parking brake which sits behind the gear lever.
Space inside is more than adequate for a compact SUV, as is the boot and the GS has enough presence to sit happily in the crossover market.
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."
MG is assuring customers that when prices are announced in June, they will reflect the family pricing strategy.
Cheyne added: "Regarding how much this fantastic new car will cost, it will be consistent with our other models. When we say our cars are affordable, we mean it. The price structures are easy to understand and have no surprise additions.
"When we officially launch the GS next month, people will be able to find out more about the car's performance and when they can get behind the wheel of one."
Two cars currently come off the Longbridge assembly lines: the MG6 and the MG3 with several models planned for the immediate and longer-term future.
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