MG surprised many at the Beijing Auto Show with its Icon small crossover concept, integrating many of the classic design cues of the brand’s roadsters from the 1960s, along with a hint of Nissan Juke thrown into the mix. But if the idea of an MG SUV isn’t shocking enough, buckle up, because that’s just the start. AutoExpress is reporting a roadster variant of the MG Icon may be joining the hardtop, and both will be headed to showrooms soon.
Depending on your perspective, this move is either sacrilege of the highest order, or marketing genius, as small SUVs are one of the hottest market segments worldwide. But under new management of China’s SAIC, the brand is under increasing pressure to increase volume. The only model currently sold by the brand is the MG6 in sedan and five-door forms.
However, the convertible SUV path is fraught with oddities and casualties of models that might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but ultimately failed. The Suzuki X-90 lasted only two model years, and the verdict is still out on the unconventional Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. However, the convertible version of the handsome Range Rover Evoque seems to have received a much warmer reception among the automotive press.
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