Revived manufacturer MG (which is now more Chinese than British) showed up at the ongoing 2012 Beijing Motor Show with a slew of new models that are supposed to pave the way for its return on the global market. Arguably the most interesting ones of the lot are the brand new Icon Concept and the production version of the MG5 - which are being exposed to the public for the very first time at the Beijing event - as well as the already known MG3 Xross and MG6.
The MG Icon Concept is the first crossover model ever in MG’s history and is somewhat reminiscent of the Nissan Juke. It is supposed to anticipate a new model that will be made available on the Chinese market only in 2014. The model has been designed to accommodate 4 people (including the driver) and uses elements that makes it look both vintage and modern at the same time. The Icon Concept has been developed on the same platform of the MG5 and is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine that is featured in the MG5’s engine range as well, capable of delivering 137 hp and 200 Nm of peak torque.
The MG5 is a hatchback with sporty aesthetics that is clearly aimed at a young audience. The model is expected to appear fairly soon in the Chinese showrooms of the brand with a 106 hp 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine, but an European version of this car is also in the cards: rumor has it that in Europe the MG5 will come with an engine range made of both petrol and diesel units whose displacement will vary between 1.0- and 1.5-litre, and whose output will be between 117 and 164 hp.
At the MG booth in Beijing there are also the model that had the historic MG plant in Birmingham working again, the MG6, a 4-door sedan powered by a supercharged 4-cylinder unit producing 160 hp and 215 Nm of torque. This unit allow it to go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.4 seconds, witha top speed of 193 km/h (120 mph). The MG3 Xross instead is a sort of off-road version of the MG3 pushed by a 1.5-litre engine with an output of 88 hp and 117 Nm.
View the full MG Icon Concept, MG5, MG6 and MG3 Xross @ the 2012 Beijing Motor Show photo gallery