Tony O'Kane | Oct 7, 2010

Following its international unveiling last November, Chinese-owned MG Motor has announced today that it will begin manufacturing its new MG6 mid-size hatchback this year.

Importantly for the historic British badge, its first new model in 15 years will be assembled at the company's Longbridge plant in the UK, from parts made in China.

The MG6 represents the company's first clean-slate design since the TF. MG, now wholly owned by Chinese conglomerate SAIC, hopes it will reinvigorate its vehicle line-up, which it will launch in the UK as a "value brand".

The MG6 - based on the Chinese-market Roewe 550 - will initially be offered as a five-door fastback (pictured here), with a four-door sedan to be offered down the line.

The fastback is roughly equivalent to the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback in size, although a little larger and lower.

"MG has begun the international launch of an all new model that has been designed and engineered here in the UK, for the global automotive market," Guy Jones, Sales and Marketing Director for MG Motor UK said at last year's China Motor Show.

"Currently we only build and sell the mid-engined TF sports car here in the UK, but we can now look forward to expanding the range of MG products."

Power for the UK-market MG6 is expected to be supplied by two 1.8-litre petrol inline fours, one a 99kW naturally aspirated version and the other a 118kW turbocharged unit.

MG's Australian arm has yet to announce plans of a local launch for the MG6.

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