The fastback version of the all-new MG6 will soon become MG Motor’s first all-new model to pass through the gates of the firm’s Longbridge factory in 16 years. The last time MG showed a brand new model was in 1995 with the MG F, a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive roadster. According to the British automaker, the first series production model will roll off the assembly line on April 13, 2011 at precisely 11:00 am.
MG Motors, which now belongs under the umbrella of China’s Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) group, will follow up with a sedan version of the MG6 this summer. Both the four-door saloon and the five-door fastback will be offered with a 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that’s good enough for 160 ponies and 215Nm of peak torque at 1750-4500 rpm.
The MG6 fastback returns a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) sprint time of 8.4 seconds while the British automaker says “top speed is electronically limited to 120mph [193 km/h]” without giving any further explanations.
For the time being, the MG6 will be sold exclusively in the UK with the fastback model being available in six colors (Burnt Orange, Pitch Black, Regal Red, Union Blue, Granite Grey, Platinum Silver, Arctic White and Champagne Gold) and three trim levels: MG6 S – £15,495; MG6 SE – £16,995 and MG6 TSE – £18,995.