There had been chatter these past months about a possible facelift for the MG 6, along with leaked photos, but just recently, to make things official, SAIC China's website has given the public a quick look at the third-generation 2021 MG 6 compact sedan, which is set to launch in the coming weeks.
Although the current MG 6 model still boasts impressive features, the upcoming third-generation is reportedly going to feature what SAIC refers to as a "new surging wave" design as confirmed by Shao Jingfeng, SAIC's design center and global design director. The all-new compact sedan will reportedly remain true to the second-generation MG 6's form and structure, with most of the changes being aesthetically related. In spite of mostly cosmetic changes, to conform to the new wage design language that SAIC has highlighted, MG officially refers to the 2021 MG 6 as the third-generation model.
Based on the official information and photos shared on the Chinese website, changes to the front fascia of the upcoming MG 6 are evident, primarily on the grille design, in which the current crisscrossing or honeycomb pattern shifts to a "digital flame" grille, which looks like wavy vertical lines. Restyled LED headlights and a sportier-looking front bumper come with this change. On the rear, a raised spoiler has been added reducing the blandness and making the 2021 MG 6's fastback styling more emphasized. This, coupled with darker taillights and exposed tail pipes, give the sedan a sporty and fun-to-drive demeanor.
Seemingly intent on giving the MG 6 a touch of sportiness, the interior of the 2021 MG 6 has been fitted with a "sport digitalized" cabin, the primary highlight being the 10-inch touchscreen display that looks as if it is floating on top of the dashboard. This fully digital infotainment system is complemented by a likewise digital central console, with an electronic-type shifter, as well as an instrument panel complete with all the needed measurements and data. The flat-bottom steering wheel has mounted controls for selectable driving modes. The top-of-the-line Trophy variant will get yellow accents on the dashboard and central console, as well on the seats, plus the addition of a sport bucket seat.
There will also be a power bump, though this remains unconfirmed pending official announcements from MG or its parent company SAIC. Reports have it that the third-generation 2021 MG 6's 1.5L turbocharged engine will generate an additional 14hp, making its maximum power output up to 180hp versus the current 166 horsepower. If this pans out, the new-gen MG 6 will have more power over the Honda Civic RS Turbo. The 7-speed wet-type Twin-clutch Sportronic Transmission (TST) that the engine is mated to will reportedly be retained.
A couple of years ago, SAIC-owned Morris Garages (MG) was relaunched as a brand in the Philippine automotive market and it has been making good progress especially with the compact MG 5 and the SUVs MG RX5 and MG ZS. It remains to be seen if the 2021 MG 6 will be able to churn out more sales for the brand.
- Images from saicmg.com