This is the best illustration that has come out so far of the MG7, which is expected to put up a good fight against BMW’s Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation. This all-new sports saloon is on its way to the UK to rival the German premium brands. And in quite an unpredictable move, it will share a chassis and engines with the latest Vauxhall Insignia.
The MG7 is expected to have a Roewe-badged sister car that might be tagged 750. The two models are included in an ambitious sales drive by MG and Roewe owner Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC).
The new MG7 is based on the Buick Regal, Insignia’s US stablemate. This move is part of the expansion of SAIC’s joint ventures, which has been selling Chinese-made Buicks, Chevrolets and Cadillacs.
The new vehicle will arrive almost immediately after the MG6, which is due in spring 2011. Meanwhile, the MG3 hatch is expected to arrive in 2012. The new model’s styling will be done at the SAIC Longbridge Technical Centre in the West Midlands.
In the illustration, we observe that the chiseled, well proportioned shape is not retro. It is reminiscent of the MG ZT as it features a racy bodykit and sporty alloys. It will be made available in saloon and hatch form too. The company has been a joint venture partner with General Motors in China since 1997 but this move towards a GM-based car is a recent development. It is believed to signify the Chinese aim to have these brands move closer together. [via autoexpress]