MG is getting back to its roots.
Once known for light-weight, low-gravity sports cars, the nearly 100-year old British brand was recently sold to Chinese automotive giant SAIC and has been selling softer family-oriented vehicles since.
While the brand is currently focused on selling SUVs and its MG 3 hatch and MG 6 sedan, its head of design Shao Jingfeng said perception would quickly change.
The now rapidly evolving and expanding car maker has billions to spare and a desire to add traditional sports cars back into MG's line-up.
Speaking to Drive at parent-company SAIC’s headquarters in Shanghai, Jingfeng confirmed MG would bring back a small lightweight roadster to rival the MX-5 - but not quite as we know it.
“Yes, yes we will [build an MX-5 rival],” he said. “This is MG B and MG A type car.”
Jingfeng also confirmed it would be an EV roadster and unlike its Japanese rival (above) and the MG B, the revival will be all-wheel drive.
“Yeah, [it is like an EV roadster], new platform, totally new sports car, all-wheel drive.’
Jinfeng, who previously worked as a designer at Volkswagen for 13 years, added that we can expect even more sports cars to come from the reinvigorated brand.
“And also a motorsports car, a sports car and two years later EV, all EV," he said.
“I will make MG brand closer to history, because the brand stopped for several years and for customers [building SUVs] doesn’t answer, 'who is MG?' So we need to get back to the beginning.”
Jinfeng couldn’t confirm an exact timeline or availability but it is likely that the new roadster will be made in right-hand drive and be on the cards for Australia.
A spokesperson for the company later added that MG was stuck between producing its range of new SUVs and investing in rebuilding its sports car heritage that SAIC bought when it purchased the company.
“Sports cars are the essence of MG in the past and we’re trying to carry over this essence into our future plans,” they told Drive.
“This is something people remember in the past but when you look into the auto industry you see a significant switch to SUVs.
“In the meanwhile, we need to look into the future trend and make sure that people are starting to see the future but keeping the heritage of the brand."