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MG GS will be the British manufacturer’s first SUV

MG is looking to capitalise on the ever-popular sports utility vehicle market with its own offering known as the GS.

The MG GS is said to marry ‘family fun and affordability’ with ‘sporty looks’ and practicality. It was unveiled at the London Motor Show, which took place at Battersea Park.

Three trim levels will be available, all of which will be mated to a 1.5-litre turbo petrol and either a manual or automatic DCT gearbox – the latter a first for MG.

MG says the GS was designed and engineered at its Longbridge site in Birmingham and that it is available to pre-order now ahead and purchase in June 2016. No other details have been released.

Head of marketing and sales for MG, Matthew Cheyne, mentioned cost: “Regarding how much this fantastic new car will cost, it will be consistent with our other models. We’re proud of the fact our prices are transparent.

“When we say our cars are affordable, we mean it. The price structures are easy to understand and have no surprise additions.

On the subject of what the car will be like, Cheyne added: “When we officially launch the GS next month, people will be able to find out more about the car’s performance and when they can get behind the wheel of one.”

The MG3 and MG6 – current offerings from the manufacturer – are extremely affordable but not exactly the most refined cars so the GS is likely to be an affordable entry into SUV ownership beyond the trusty yet somewhat ugly Dacia Duster.

MG was voted the fifth best manufacturer by the public in the UK at the Auto Express Driver Power Awards 2016. Head to MG’s website to register interest in the GS here, if you so desire.

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