2021 MG6 Debuts Redesigned Exterior And New Engine

MG has announced their latest iteration of its MG6 compact fastback in its home market of China.

Sharing the same platform as the Roewe i6, this new MG6 is an update on the model launched in 2017 by the once British now Chinese car company.

MG6 2021

The biggest change during the facelift of the MG6 is the exterior design. A new angular look begins at the front with a blacked-out honeycomb grill and redesigned headlight clusters. An X shaped front bumper and large side intakes rounds up the menacing front end design. The rear meanwhile receives redesigned taillights, a new rear bumper and oval exhausts. New alloy wheel designs and an optional fixed rear wing on this front wheel drive car completes the exterior refresh. Despite MG claiming its Audi-esque design, the MG6 resembles a mashup of Vauxhall Insignia and Subaru Impreza.

2021 MG6

Those new oval exhausts hints to a new 1.5 litre turbocharged four cylinder under the hood. Dubbed “MegaTech”, this new engine features innovations such as a high-pressure direct-injection system and electronically controlled water pump. Mated to a wet-clutch 7 speed dual clutch transmission, power output is at 181 hp and 285 Nm of torque. There is also the possibility of the carryover 1.0 litre plug in hybrid unit featuring in this refreshed MG6, with the petrol engine and electric motor combined generating 224 hp and 622 Nm of torque.

No details yet regarding the interior of this Chinese sedan but the MG6 is set to come with MG’s semi-autonomous driving technology, the MG Pilot 2.0. Consisting of 7 radars and 6 cameras, this compact fastback should add driver assist features such as automatic forward braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and even limited self-driving capabilities in stop-and-go traffic condition.

As of now, MG has no plans to offer this refreshed MG6 in right hand drive, citing poor sales from right hand drive markets where the current MG6 is being sold such as the UK and Australia. So it will not be likely to see the revival of the MG name in Malaysia any time soon.

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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