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The MG E-Motion Is The Star Of The Shanghai Auto Show, Production In 2018

Published on April 20, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

MG E-Motion concept on the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

The MG E-Motion has been unveiled on the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, and for me it is the star of the show. It looks stunning from the grille to rear, with perhaps some Jaguar influences at the front. Best news: it will see production in the second half of next year.

MG executives have told Chinese media that the 2018 production car will be a plug-in hybrid, to be followed by a full-electric version in 2020. Sadly, there are no plans for a patrol version.

The concept is based on SAIC’s new pure-electric modular platform that will also underpin several other electric cars for the MG and Roewe brands. MG claims 0 to 100 in less than four seconds and a range of 500 kilometers. No specs yet on the PHEV.

SAIC, or the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, is the Chinese owner of MG and Roewe.

Another tidbit: wheelbase is 2700.

MG E-Motion concept on the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

A perfect profile with a pronounced rear fender and broad shoulders. Only bad is the shiny strip over the front fender and door, it seems a bit too large and starts too close to the wheel arch.

MG E-Motion concept on the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

A beautiful interior with a racy wheel, loads of leather and brushed metal, a digital instrument panel and a modestly sized touch screen for the infotainment. It is good to see that some automakers resist the urge of making these screens ever bigger, and then even bigger. We are seeing a lot of screens, especially in concept cars, that are focused on function instead of just in size.

MG E-Motion concept on the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

A wink to the pup-up lights of lore. Brilliant!

MG E-Motion concept on the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

MG E-Motion concept on the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

The only thing the E-Motion can do without.

MG E-Motion concept on the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

Lights are of a modest size, subtle spoiler integrated in the boot lid. Bumper diffuser unit looks great. Best are the wide rear fenders morphing masterfully in the shoulder.

MG E-Motion concept on the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

Great cars deserve a big logo.

MG E-Motion concept on the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

MG E-Motion concept on the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

More brilliance here; the rear and front window and roof make for a full canopy, with three pieces of glass connected by small black strips. The roof is basically another window, which is a nice idea, but fitting in a sunroof will be hard and it would take a strong aircon to cool the cabin down in summer.

MG E-Motion concept on the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

The MG E-Motion; probably the best looking Chinese car ever, and it will be on sale in about a year.

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  1. Knut- April 22, 2017 Reply

    “MG claims 0 to 100 in less than four seconds and a range of 500 kilometers.”

    It seems that the Chinese producers and media mostly use the artificial and super optimistic NEDC (New European Driving Cycle). NEDC is approx. 20% more optimistic than the US: EPA. In practical life, and different temperatures (winter/summer) both are too optimistic.

    See my previous comment: https://www.carnewschina.com/2017/04/19/nextev-nio-es8-is-a-surprisingly-normal-electric-suv/comment-page-1/#comment-463163

    Why is range so important? It seems 500 real kilometers are the braking range against customers range-anxiety when it come to electric car driving. It is a psychological matter for the customer, rather than the practical necessity. No less important for sales though.

  2. Knut- April 22, 2017 Reply

    Suicide-doors would fit this car. Hense parking houses and mall-parking that are rarely wider than 2,5 meter.

    Really looking forward to the return of ‘sport’ in MG! May we see it soon in Europe aswell (not only UK with RHD).

  3. Lawrence- April 24, 2017 Reply

    Shao Jingfeng (SAIC’s chief designer) is probably China’s most talented car designer.

    MG E-motion concept coupe design story:

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