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MG digs up its sporty roots with all-electric E-motion concept

MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
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MG reveals the all-electric E-motion concept
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MG reveals the all-electric E-motion concept
The E-motion can sprint to 62 mph in under four seconds, according to MG
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The E-motion can sprint to 62 mph in under four seconds, according to MG
Butterfly doors add extra visual flair to MG's all-electric E-motion concept
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Butterfly doors add extra visual flair to MG's all-electric E-motion concept
The interior of MG's E-motion concept has four seats and an intelligent infotainment system
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The interior of MG's E-motion concept has four seats and an intelligent infotainment system
MG has not detailed much about the E-motion, but there's a possibility it will go into production in the coming years
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MG has not detailed much about the E-motion, but there's a possibility it will go into production in the coming years
MG E-motion concept
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MG E-motion concept
MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
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MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
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MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
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MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
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MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
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MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
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MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
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MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
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MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017
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MG debuts the E-motion concept at Auto Shanghai 2017

Taking a break from the everyday hatchbacks and crossovers that populate its production lineup, MG Motor is dreaming bigger with its latest concept car. Unveiled at Auto Shanghai, the MG E-motion is a voluptuously sultry sports coupe with powerful electric drive. And this concept might just preview a return to the sportiness of MG's past.

As attractive as it is, the E-motion feels like a book we've read before. There's the eye roll of a name, which has already been used in some form by Volkswagen and Fisker Inc., styling that's sexy but quite similar to some other recent concept cars, and generic industry standards like 311+ miles (500+ km) of range, sub-four-second 0-62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration, and an "intelligent infotainment system" for the youngsters. We don't expect a trio of different doors, but an innovative detail or two wouldn't hurt.

All that said, it's a book we don't mind reading again, especially when it's penned by an author with as much sports car history as the MG marque, history we'd love to see repeated.

Styling-wise, the E-motion reminds us very much of the 2015 Mazda RX-Vision and 2016 Buick Avista. A set of butterfly doors give it a little extra auto show flash, and the headlights take inspiration from the London Eye ferris wheel.

MG has not detailed much about the E-motion, but there's a possibility it will go into production in the coming years
MG has not detailed much about the E-motion, but there's a possibility it will go into production in the coming years

MG hasn't provided details on the powertrain it envisions motivating the E-motion, leaving those 311-mile and sub-four-second predictions as orphans without parents. Whatever the exact layout and spec, MG says the greater modular electric platform was developed in house.

More interesting than any of the limited information MG has officially detailed, Autocar reports that the E-motion could go into production by 2020, with a base price under £30,000 (approx. US$38K). For now, it's on display at Auto Shanghai.

Sources: MG Motor, Autocar

3 comments
bergamot69
Interesting... and given that the now Chinese owned MG have yet to produce anything of interest for the European market, I'd love to see this become a production reality (minus the gimmicky doors). I really like the styling.
Bruce H. Anderson
Except for the taillights, it is a total Mazda knockoff. That's not a bad thing, but some visual cues to MG's of the past would be nice. Otherwise it is in the same lame track as the Fiat 124.
Signmaster
Bruce; I take umbrance with your statement; while it does have similar styling, EVERY nice car has Something in common! I like it very much; it's classy.
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