The MG One has been revealed as a new compact crossover that the Chinese-owned British icon plans to use for its global crossover offensive. The new product is based off the firm’s Sigma modular architecture and offers one engine option with two transmission choices.
As Autocar India reports, the MG One breaks cover with two derivatives available; a Fashionable and Sporty trim which can be distinguished by their colours and design cues. On the Fashionable, a Bubble Orange shade is used while the Sporty adopts a Wilderness Green finish. Both cars sport a three-dimensional grille but the Fashionable’s pattern is made to look more aggressive while the Sporty example hosts a more subtle design.
Both MG One examples boast a pair of LED headlamps with integrated LED DRLs at the front and a sloping roofline at the rear which grants it a coupe-like silhouette. Further distinctive design cues include a pattern on the D-pillar and a chrome border above the window line. The SUV element is provided by a set of silver roof rails and plastic cladding over the wheel arches.
Making use of the aforementioned Sigma platform, the MG One is capable of accommodating a number of hybrid-electric or fully electric drivetrains but, based on the Indian publication’s claims, it could debut with a turbocharged 1,5-litre four-cylinder engine delivering 134 kW and 280 N.m of torque to the front wheels via your choice of a six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission.
The MG One will commence its global offensive by the end of this year. In South Africa, the MG brand operated under local importer Combined Motor Holdings but in 2016, the plug was pulled along with Maxus commercial vehicles due to the offerings no longer being feasible in our market. Before its departure, MG sold its MG3 subcompact hatchback and MG6 compact hatchback and sedan. The brand sustained five years of business, having been introduced in 2011.