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MG To Bring Back The Roadster...Crossover

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On: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 11:54AM | By: Chris Weiss

MG To Bring Back The Roadster...Crossover

Small car brands like MG develop followings that far exceed their footprints as businesses. Though the car brand has gone through many different owners over its 90-year history, models like the MGA and Midget still inspire passion and admiration among car fans many years later. So a return of an MG roadster model should be welcome news to many folks. We put emphasis on “should” because the new roadster model may draw more detractors than fans.

Instead of the small, two-seat format that it perfected back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, MG is reportedly looking to corrupt the roadster concept with a convertible crossover. The crossover will essentially be a soft-top version of the Icon concept that MG, now under Chinese ownership, unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show in spring. Its styling will be heavily influenced by that concept.

The Icon concept did derive some design elements from classic MG roadsters like the MGA and MGB GT, but its large, chubby body wasn't exactly a pure modernization of those originals. As a roadster, the Icon threatens to look every bit as awkward as the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. It certainly isn't the roadster that MG owners and fans have been waiting for.

In Beijing, MG detailed that the Icon concept seats four by way of suicide rear doors. The rear seats fold into the floor to provide added cargo room in back. MG didn't detail powertrain specs.

The MG Icon may not make sense to westerners that equate MG to classic roadsters, but its debut at the Beijing Motor Show indicates that it was designed for China first. Crossover and SUV models have proven quite popular in the world's largest auto market, inspiring many automakers to add SUV models, even when they don't make all that much sense in terms of brand heritage (we're looking right at Bentley and Maserati).

Auto Express tells us we can expect the Roadster as early as 2015.


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