Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Motion electric sports vehicle concept revealed, could be production-bound

There will be more details regarding the MG E-Motion Concept once the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show starts on April 19.

Details are sketchy at this stage, but SAIC says the E-Motion - which comes complete with butterfly-doors - is based on an all-new modular EV platform and employ "black technology only seen in science fiction films".

Looking like something that could have been the result of a one-night stand between a Jaguar F-TYPE and any Tesla, the e-Motion concept is an "electric supercar" that's claimed to accelerate to 100km/h in less than four seconds and be able to travel for 500km between recharges.

Images of the MG E-Motion Concept, the latest creation from the brand that used to be in British hands, have recently been released.

A retractable rear spoiler, carbon fibre rear diffuser and completely glass canopy extends the full length of the auto. MG's chief designer Jingfeng also said that the E-Motion would form part of MG's plan to help push the brand more upmarket and away from its budget roots.

Proportionally, the E-Motion is slightly larger than a Toyota GT86 and like that model has a 2+2 seating arrangement. There's also a digital instrument cluster. Product boss Zhang Liang confirmed at MG's Shanghai research and development center that the automaker will put the concept into production if response at the auto show is positive, reports Autocar. "This time I want to do it different".

We don't expect to see MG return to the USA anytime soon, though in the context of a long-expected launch of Chinese vehicles MG has a better chance of success than most other brands - it's already a player in Europe and is building cars to European Union standards, and there are still plenty of Americans who remember owning (with varying degrees of fondness) an MG sports auto.

Just how likely is the E-Motion to make it into production? Let us know in the comments.

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