MG looks to the past with futuristic concept

E-motion concept's sportsback profile swirls up memories of MGB GT coupe

Published: April 19, 2017, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:16 PM

MG E-motion

Anybody familiar with the MG marque knows the British company’s history with 2-seat sports cars. Now owned by China’s SAIC, its focus has changed to crossovers and sedans — cars that family folks want to buy.

However, the company is taking a look forward to its past with the introduction of the concept E-motion supercar at Auto Shanghai.

“The Shanghai International Automotive Show highlights our progress and capabilities, while new models will continue this future-thinking strategy, embracing innovation to deliver ground-breaking vehicles for the drivers of tomorrow,” explained Matthew Cheyne, Head of Sales and Marketing at MG Motor UK, in light of the company’s Shanghai-based ownership. “The MG E-motion electric supercar concept demonstrates our global vision for the future. The next-generation model is the latest step in achieving the ultimate driving experience.”

MG is calling it a glimpse of the future, presumably indicating a desire to produce it, but it could be a nod to its all-electric drivetrain that MG says pushes “the boundaries of innovation and technology, while meeting the needs of today’s trend-setting car buyers.”

The sportsback profile will swirl up memories of the MGB GT coupe, and that’s an intentional nod to the brand’s century of car-making. Other cues such as a matrix grille, LED-ringed headlights, scissor doors, and sliver-like side mirrors reportedly bring a sense of fun and aspiration to the electric marketplace.

That fun is exemplified in zero-100 km/h times of less than four seconds. However, that’s tempered with a serious side that endows the car with a range of more than 500 km. The 4-seater also has the fun of a fully connected cabin virtually opened to the elements with a panoramic full glass roof.