The flagship MG sedan will only be sold in China.
Earlier this month, we caught another look at MG's extreme electric roadster known as the Cyberster. It looks nothing like the MG roadsters of old as the company embraces electrification and what is clearly a totally different design language. But while the Cyberster looks decidedly futuristic, the brand is also paying attention to more sensible transportation in the form of the recently revealed MG4 EV and the car you see here, the new MG7 sports sedan. Shared via social media (hence the inconsistent image quality) and expected to go on sale in China later this year, the MG7 has a fastback-style design and sloping roofline that differentiates it from more conventional sedans. This is the first time that the MG7 nameplate has returned in almost a decade.
This is MG's first model that forms part of its upscale Black Label series. The sloping roofline - similar to that of the new Acura Integra - and full-width taillights are nicely executed. According to Chinese media, the MG7 is 192.3 inches long, 74.4 inches wide, and 57 inches tall. The wheels appear especially large, the shoulders are powerful, and the front features a sloping hood, sharp headlights, and a broad grille. The large quad-exit tailpipes and integrated ducktail spoiler are further signs that this isn't a run-of-the-mill family sedan, although the MG7's performance specs are just acceptable rather than thrilling.
Car News China reports that the MG7 405 VTGI Trophy has a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 257 horsepower and 299 lb-ft of torque. In this guise, a nine-speed automatic transmission from ZF is employed.
The 300 VTGI model has a 1.5-liter turbo with 185 hp and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Apparently, plug-in hybrid versions of the MG7 are on the way in the middle of next year and these could be even more powerful to offset the likely weight gain from the batteries. Pictures of the MG's interior have not yet been shared.
MG has no presence in the United States and it's highly unlikely that it would attempt to gain traction in this country with a midsize sedan. That's a pity, as the new MG7 is certainly a looker that could give the Toyota Camry something to think about. We'll know more about the stylish sedan when it is officially unveiled on August 17.