Revised, cheaper MG6 launched with “higher levels of performance, lower emissions, and improved mpg”.
MG has unveiled its facelifted MG6, first launched in 2011, with significant updates inside and out and a new price – £3,000 less than the outgoing model.
Changes to the front, which include new headlights, grille and LED daytime running lights, give the car a sharper look and, claims MG, “far greater presence than the previous generation while still instantly recognisable as a modern MG”.
At the rear, there’s a lower black aerodynamically styled bumper and shaped tailpipe. The saloon has been dropped and the new MG6 is only available as a 5-door hatchback.
The refresh is more dramatic inside where classier materials have been used. Also, the instrument cluster is clearer with new technology in the form of an iGo app-based navigation system that’s been integrated with a new infotainment system called MG touch. It includes a 7″ touchscreen, CD player, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
Three new trim levels have been introduced – entry-level S, mid-range TS and top-of-the-range TL, priced from £13,995 to £17,995.
Under the bonnet, MG has replaced the 1.8-litre petrol engine in the outgoing model with a a 1.9-litre diesel engine boasting a a 10g/km drop in CO2 emissions to 119g/km (meaning road tax of £30 per year), while economy is up to 61.4mpg.
The new MG6, which is 75kg lighter than before, is also slightly faster – reaching 60mph in 8.4 seconds.
The reaction from the motoring press has been positive so far:
Auto Express – The refreshed MG6 looks a far better bet at its new lower price point
What Car? – Ultimately, we would still recommend you to buy an Octavia or Focus, because they are the more polished alternatives. That said, for the first time since its launch, we could understand an argument for buying an MG6 instead.
AOL Cars – Overall, though, the 6 covers enough bases well enough to be worth a test drive for many medium car buyers.
MG Motor is owned by China’s Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). The MG6 was designed and engineered at MG’s plant in Birmingham, where final assembly also takes place.