A new SUV icon for MG?

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 11:58 AM

MG Icon

The new MG Icon SUV concept is the first taller-type car from the brand, though we see some MGs of old in that front-end

It's easy to dismiss the glory days of MG as being long gone. Will we ever see anything as cool as the MGA or MGB ever again? Has the Chinese takeover of MG been at the expense of great design? Indeed, recent MG models have looked a little bit like Toyota Corollas so it has been easy to be cynical.

But MG is desperately trying to inspire with its designs and this has led to the launch of the MG Icon, the brand's first SUV concept car at the Beijing Motor Show, Auto China 2012.

It was created by the MG global design team headed by British director Anthony Williams-Kenny. It is a curious combination of MG's octagonal shapes, a low roof and higher stance and at first glance, has a touch of the Mini crossovers about it.

The rear end features of structural lamps atop haunched wings are another highly distinctive feature of the design, and inside, there's a four-seat layout with the back seats folding down flat for a bit more cargo space.

No news yet on whether this striking SUV will make it into production or what sort of sports pedigree engine we can expect under the bonnet if it does, but it's definitely an intriguing new direction for the brand. The jury's out but, as ever, we welcome the opinions of the TotallyMotor readership in the comments section below.

By Georgia Lewis

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