Motion EV sports vehicle on course for production

The now-Chinese-owned marque is rolling out the MG E-Motion electric sports vehicle concept at the Shanghai auto show, previewing a possible halo model for the reborn brand. The "E-Motion" lettering in white detail the concept's electric powertrain, though so far no details regarding it have perspired.

Though the E-Motion looks sharp, it's hard to ignore some similarities to a few existing cars. The rear is home to a prominent diffuser, stylish taillights and an integrated spoiler lip.

Created to push the brand more upmarket, the design is sweeping and elegant, and certainly stands out in Shanghai, with one of its most eye-catching features being gullwing doors.

Proportionally, the E-Motion is slightly larger than a Toyota GT86 and like that model has a 2+2 seating arrangement.

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The concept features butterfly doors, cameras instead of side mirrors and a fairly adventurous design, reminiscent of recent Mazda concepts. Inside, a central spine running through the auto features two large digital displays and give access to the cars on board functions.

Speaking at MG's Shanghai research and development centre, the brand's product planning boss Zhang Liang said the company would make a decision after the car's public reveal, which will take place at the Shanghai motor show this week. "This time I want to do it different". From an architecture perspective we are prepared and we have a new energy system available. "The next step is to gather audience and customer feedback", Liang added.

We don't expect to see MG return to the USA anytime soon, though in the context of a long-expected launch of Chinese vehicles MG has a better chance of success than most other brands - it's already a player in Europe and is building cars to European Union standards, and there are still plenty of Americans who remember owning (with varying degrees of fondness) an MG sports auto. Let us know in the comments.

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