The MG GS is going to be like a Nissan Qashqai but much, much cheaper

The MG GS is going to be like a Nissan Qashqai but much, much cheaper

MG is set to reveal its new crossover at next week’s London Motor Show – and the firm’s sales and marketing chief has revealed the biggest hint yet that it should massively undercut the family-favourite Nissan Qashqai.

Speaking ahead of the unveiling, Matthew Cheyne said: “We’re extremely proud of the GS, so we’re looking forward to unveiling it and speaking to attendees of the event about how easily it will fit into their lifestyle. I can assure potential customers that it will be consistent with the MG-family pricing strategy.”

That ‘MG-family pricing stategy’? As product manager, Andrew Lowerson, told us at the launch of the facelifted MG6: “when you sit in the MG6, it won’t be as good as a Skoda Octavia. But it’s £7,000 cheaper than the equivalent Skoda Octavia.”

So how cheap will the MG GS be?

Stacking it up against rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson, as well as the £8,399 MG3 and £13,995 MG6, the MG GS is likely to start at less than £15,000. That’s phenomenally cheap for a fashionable crossover. The Qashqai starts at £18,545.

We’ll be seeing the MG GS in the metal for the first time at the London Motor Show, but first impressions based on leaked pictures suggest it might not offer quite the compromise on quality that the slow-selling MG6 does.

Cheyne added: “Next week will be a really exciting moment for us, as we’re getting closer to launching this fantastic car into the market. Members of the public are finally getting the chance to get their hands on the UK model and see for themselves what an outstanding car this is.”

The MG GS is going to be like a Nissan Qashqai but much, much cheaper

What else do we know about the MG GS?

It’s an exciting car for MG. No, that’s not marketing hype – the firm is finally delivering a car that could meet demands from car buyers. Based on a scaleable SUV platform, we could also see a smaller Nissan Juke arrival as soon as next year.

Despite being cheaper than mainstream rivals, the dimensions of the MG GS (4.5m in length) mean it will sit at the larger end of the segment. Like the MG6, that could mean it aces on practicality.

In terms of powertrains, we’re expecting a 1.5-litre petrol (from the MG3) and the same 1.9-litre turbodiesel as the MG6. A hybrid version is mooted for the future. Most models are likely to be front-wheel drive, although the GS is already on sale in China as a four-wheel-drive. That could be offered here, but it won’t be cheap.

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  • Chucky DeHammar

    British built? Try again laddie.

  • Murgatroyd

    ‘That’s phenomenally cheap for a fashionable crossover.’

    Crossover? Yes. Fashionable? No.