MG has detailed its new flagship sedan, although it’s off the desk for Australia.
The 2023 MG 7 packs a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4 cylinder engine producing 192kW of energy and 405Nm of torque – up 24kW and 45Nm on the two.0-litre turbo within the native HS SUV.
It’s mated to a nine-speed computerized transmission, which isn’t a dual-clutch unit like a lot of the model’s transmissions.
MG claims a 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds.
The MG 7 is front-wheel drive, however comes with an digital limited-slip differential and adjustable dampers.
The mid-sized sedan measures 4884mm lengthy, 1889mm extensive and 1447mm tall on a 2778mm wheelbase.
That makes it 1mm longer, 49mm wider and 2mm taller than a Toyota Camry, albeit on a 47mm shorter wheelbase.
The MG 7 has slinky, coupe-like styling, with frameless home windows including to the impact.
There’s additionally a three-stage lively rear spoiler which pops up at speeds above 100km/h and robotically retracts if you go under 70km/h. It may be manually adjusted.
General, the MG 7 has pretty tight overhangs, distinguished shoulders and a brief rear deck.
Its aspect creasing is extra dramatic than most MG automobiles, other than the brand new MG One crossover that debuted final 12 months, whereas up entrance there’s a menacing prow with a full-width grille and a blacked-out badge.
Inside, the MG 7 might be had with a alternative of Cabernet Vermillion (pink) or Peacock Forest (inexperienced) colourways, with obtainable Dinamica suede or Nappa leather-based upholstery.
The digital instrument cluster and central touchscreen are located in a single housing, which measures 33 inches total.
Accessible options embody an augmented actuality head-up show, Dinamica upholstery, and a 14-speaker Bose sound system.
MG is looking the 7 its first Black Label automobile, with a extra upscale, sporty positioning supposed to attraction to youthful consumers in China.
Australian consumers seem set to overlook out, nonetheless.
The mid-sized section in Australia is a tricky place for a automobile to be except it’s a Toyota Camry, and most manufacturers have been heading for the exits – witness the axing over the previous few years of stalwarts just like the Ford Mondeo, Kia Optima and Subaru Liberty.
“We’re continually listening to the wants and desires of our clients, however at this stage, we won’t be bringing the MG7 into the Australian market,” stated a spokesperson for MG Motor Australia.
MG hasn’t bought many passenger automobile strains in Australia, even because the MG 3 dominates the native gentle automobile section.
The slow-selling first-generation MG 6 was included as a part of the model’s second, extra profitable relaunch underneath Chinese language possession in 2016, however was largely ignored by the general public earlier than disappearing fully in 2019.
The second-generation mannequin, which might be had with a 224kW plug-in hybrid powertrain, was launched in China in 2016 however hasn’t made the journey Down Underneath.
However recent passenger automobiles are coming to the native line-up.
The marginally smaller MG 5 sedan, which entered manufacturing in 2020, is due right here within the first quarter of 2023.
There’s additionally the MG 4 EV hatchback, recognized in China because the Mulan, which is due right here within the first half of next year.
MG’s use of the Rover 75-based MG ZT/MG 7 in its teaser video is reflective of the fairly sophisticated historical past of the nameplate.
When MG Rover went bankrupt, two corporations – Nanjing Auto and SAIC Motor – acquired the means to proceed producing the Rover 75 sedan.
That noticed the automobile reanimated because the Roewe 750 and MG 7. The Chinese language Authorities ordered Nanjing and SAIC to merge, however the two separate mannequin strains continued. Lengthy-wheelbase variations of each have been produced.
The MG 7 ended manufacturing in 2015, with the Roewe 750 following in 2016.
Since then, the MG model has been with out a flagship sedan. It does, nonetheless, provide automobiles bigger than the MG 6 in some markets, together with the Gloster (a rebadged LDV D90) and RX8 (née Roewe) giant SUVs.
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