New MG Roadster Planned


New reports suggest MG has begun working on a new two-seater sports car which will replace the MG TF and is expected to launch sometime before the end of the decade.

New MG Roadster to enter production soon

An insider from the company confirmed these details to Auto Express, saying the company wants to create the open-top sports car as soon as it has re-established itself under SAIC ownership.

While there is still no official launch date and details are still limited, it is believed the new MG Roadster will be based on an all new architecture. This platform is said to offer similar levels of flexibility as the VW Group’s MQB architecture, with the ability to house a number of components and engines to help trim down costs.

Power is likely to come from two turbo petrol units, a 1.5-litre and a 2.0-litre which will be developed by Chinese-based SAIC’s UK Technical Centre. The TF successor will also supposedly feature a rear wheel drive layout, while the engine will be front-mounted.

The MG TF was a fairly popular model in South Africa and the new Chinese-owned MG is keen to make inroads with new product into our market. We saw the all-new MG 3 at last year's Johannesburg International Motor Show and the vehicle looked promising.

We expect more details to be revealed leading to the car’s completion and launch date.