A rendering predicting the looks of the upcoming MG SUV. Last week we saw the first spy shots of the MG SUV testing in China, it is expected to debut, likely still as a concept, on the Shanghai Auto Show later this month. The MG SUV is based on the 2010 Ssangyong Korando.
The Ssangyong Korando. SAIC, the mother of MG, used to be the biggest shareholder of Ssangyong until 2009, during the time the Korando was developed. It seems likely some sort of platform-sharing deal was agreed upon during those days. Ssangyong is currently owned by the Indian conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra.
Earlier spy shot of the MG SUV testing in China. Basically the only difference with the Korando is the grille. The engines however, will not be the same. The Korando is currently only available with a 2.0 turbodiesel, and the MG SUV will be powered by a new SAIC-developed 135hp 1.5 liter turbo petrol engine that will also be used for the upcoming MG5 Turbo.
Rendering via: 163.
Luckily for SAIC/MG the Ssangyong Korando actually fits the design language of the current MG models well. However this must just be a holding model while investment is put into a self developed platform.
I like if MG can give a good name to sangyong the korando is nice but no name