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MG 6

MG 6
MG 6 II facelift 003.jpg
ManufacturerMG Motor (SAIC Motor)
Body and chassis
ClassSmall family car (C)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PredecessorRover 45
MG 7

The MG 6 is a compact car which has been produced by the Chinese owned British automotive manufacturer MG Motor since 2010. It is slotted slightly above the compact sedan MG GT, and the compact hatchback MG 5.

First generation

MG 6 (First generation)
MG 6 Diesel 1896cc registered March 2015.jpg
AssemblyNanjing, China
Body and chassis
Body style5-door liftback (GT)
4-door Sedan
RelatedRoewe 550
Engine1.8L Turbo I4 (petrol)
Transmission5-speed manual
Length4,651 mm (183.1 in)
Width1,830 mm (72.0 in)
Height1,472 mm (58.0 in)
Curb weight1495kg

The first generation MG 6 was initially announced in April 2009 at the Shanghai Auto Show, as a five door GT/fastback,[1] and in October 2010 at Shanghai Expo, as a four door notchback saloon model.[2] It is derived from the Roewe 550, hence being distantly related to the Rover 75, sharing its front subframe.[3]

The five door fastback/hatchback, known as the MG 6 GT, went on sale in the United Kingdom in May 2011,[4] the saloon, known as the MG 6 Magnette, went on sale on 16 July 2011.[5] A diesel model joined the range at the end of 2012. The first Thai assembled car rolled off the assembly line on 4 June 2014,[6] with a potential for 5,000 cars per annum.[7]

The MG6 sold below expectations in the United Kingdom, eventually being dropped from the range there in 2016, whilst continuing in other markets.


Like the Roewe 550, some of the development and styling of the MG 6 was done at the SAIC UK Technical Centre although the main design and development contract was given to EDAG: Shanghai. It was originally designed as a Roewe badged model (IP22 Project) but, as SAIC took control of Nanjing Auto, owners of the MG brand, the nearly finished vehicle went through a facelift and came out as the first Chinese MG car.

The MG 6 commenced production in China in 2010, and for a brief period in partially knock down form at Longbridge, United Kingdom, from 13 April 2011.[8][9] Since 2013, the MG 3 supermini also undergoes some limited final assembly at the same factory until 2016.[10]

Following the hatchback 6 GT, the notchback saloon version debuted in June 2011, carrying the Magnette name, which was used by MG during the 1950s to 1960s for its saloon cars, and also in the 1930s for the MG K-type. The MG 6 Magnette is quite different from the MG 6 GT GT/fastback, as it has a boot rather than a hatchback.


MG 6 1.8 Turbo liftback sedan (rear)
MG6 four door sedan (rear)

In the United Kingdom, the car was initially launched as the MG 6, but on release to the public in May 2011 as the fastback model, was announced as the MG 6 GT.[11] For the MG 6 GT, three levels of trim are available with increasing levels of equipment and trim; S, SE and TSE.

These all share the same mechanical specification, although the TSE gains 18" wheels over the standard 17".

The launch models were available with the petrol TCI-Tech 1.8 litre engine, available in two states of tune, 133 bhp (99 kW; 135 PS) and 158 bhp (118 kW; 160 PS) (with turbo), the latter being available from launch in China and as the only engine option at launch in the United Kingdom.[12]

All models are equipped with a five speed manual transmission, front MacPherson strut suspension and multi link rear suspension.[13] The 1.8 L turbo can accelerate to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, has an official combined fuel consumption of 35.6mpg and a figure of 184g/km.

Top speed is restricted to 120 mph (193 km/h) to allow the car to be a rated a lower insurance bracket.[14] Minor improvements to the MG 6 in April 2012 resulted in fuel economy figure of 37.7mpg (official combined) and reducing down to 174g/km.[15]

A 1.9 litre diesel DTi Tech engine joined the range at the end of 2012, producing 148 bhp (110 kW; 150 PS) and 350 N?m (258 lb?ft) and producing emissions of 139g/km.[16] The diesel engine is mated to a six speed manual gearbox, and the steering has changed to an electro hydraulic powered system.[17]

Due to the introduction and the success of the MG6 in the British Touring Car Championship, MG announced a special edition for the United Kingdom, this being the MG6 BTCC Special Edition.[18] The BTCC Special Edition was based on the SE model.

It came with a matt black roof (vinyl wrap), matt black eighteen inch MG6 TSE alloy wheels, black gloss sills, black gloss door mirror covers, black gloss lower front air dam and rear spoiler. The front grille has a BTCC badge and a distinctive multi coloured MG KX Momentum Racing team decal is on the bonnet extension panel above the front grille, on the fastback boot lid and on the front doors and wings just behind the chrome wing vent.

The BTCC Special Edition was only available in Union Blue or Arctic White. BTCC Edition graphics are also highlighted on the sills and also inside the car on the passenger facia. In July 2014, the diesel engine was updated, reducing its emissions to 129g/km.[19] The MG6 was facelifted for April 2015, receiving a range of exterior and interior changes including a 75 kg (165 lb) reduction in weight. It was unveiled at the Chengdu Motor Show in August 2014.[20]

In the United Kingdom, the main mechanical changes comprised an improvement in efficiency for the diesel model, and the withdrawal of the petrol version. The facelifted model can be identified by its new lights and bumpers, front and rear, and a substantially updated interior, including a new console and electronic parking brake.[21] Models in other markets retained two versions of the 1.8 litre petrol engine.

2014 MG6 SE BTCC Special Edition
2014 MG6 SE BTCC Special Edition


The MG6 won the What Car? 2012 Security Award. In the Auto Express Driver Power Survey in 2014, it won the Best Handling Award, and came sixth overall in the 'Best Car to Own' category. In 2016, the MG6 won three awards, these being.

  • Auto Express Driver Power: Best Family Car Bronze Winner
  • Auto Express Driver Power Road Handling: Silver Winner
  • The Caravan Club Tow Car of the Year: Class Winner under £17,500.


The engines available in the United Kingdom for the MG6 were:

Petrol engines
Model Engine Displacement Date Power Torque Top Speed 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) Combined Economy Emissions
1.8 TCi Tech (18K4G) I4 1,796 cc 2010-2015 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) at 5,500 rpm 215 N?m (159 lb?ft) at 1,750-4,500 rpm 120 mph (193 km/h) 8.4s 37.7 mpg‑imp (7.5 l/100 km) 174 g/km
Diesel engines
Model Engine Displacement Date Power Torque Top Speed 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) Combined Economy Emissions
1.9 DTi Tech I4 1,849 cc 2012-2014 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 4,000 rpm 350 N?m (258 lb?ft) at 1,800 rpm 120 mph (193 km/h) 8.9s 57.6 mpg‑imp (4.9 l/100 km) 139 g/km
1.9 DTi Tech I4 1,849 cc 2014-2015 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 4,000 rpm 350 N?m (258 lb?ft) at 1,800 rpm 120 mph (193 km/h) 8.9s 57.6 mpg‑imp (4.9 l/100 km) 129 g/km
1.9 DTi Tech I4 1,849 cc 2015- 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 4,000 rpm 350 N?m (258 lb?ft) at 1,800 rpm 120 mph (193 km/h) 8.4s 61.4 mpg‑imp (4.6 l/100 km) 119 g/km

The engines available in China and Thailand for the New MG6 are:

Petrol engines
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Top Speed 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) Combined Economy Emissions
1.8 TCi Tech (18K4G) I4 1,796 cc 161 PS (118 kW; 159 hp) at 5,500 rpm 215 N?m (159 lb?ft) at 1,750-4,500 rpm 130 mph (209 km/h) 11.09s 42.5 mpg‑imp (6.6 l/100 km) 174 g/km
1.8 TCi Tech (18K4G) I4 1,796 cc 161 PS (118 kW; 159 hp) at 5,500 rpm 215 N?m (159 lb?ft) at 1,750-4,500 rpm 132 mph (212 km/h) 10.35s 41.1 mpg‑imp (6.9 l/100 km) 174 g/km
1.8 DVVT Tech (Kavachi) I4 1,796 cc 135 PS (99 kW; 133 hp) at 5,500 rpm 215 N?m (159 lb?ft) at 1,750-4,500 rpm 120 mph (193 km/h)
Diesel engines
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Top Speed 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) Combined Economy Emissions
1.9 DTi Tech I4 1,849 cc 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 4,000 rpm 350 N?m (258 lb?ft) at 1,800 rpm 120 mph (193 km/h) 8.9s 57.6 mpg‑imp (4.9 l/100 km) 129 g/km


Euro NCAP 6[22] Points Rating
Overall Score: 81.0 out of 128 4/5 stars
Adult Occupant: 26.4 out of 36 73%
Child Occupant: 34.6 out of 49 71%
Pedestrian Impact: 15.0 out of 36 42%
Safety Assist: 5.0 out of 7 71%
ANCAP 6[23] Points Rating
Overall Score: 27.73 out of 37 4/5 stars
Offset Impact: 10.22 out of 16
Side Impact: 13.51 out of 16
Pole Impact: 2 out of 2
Bonus Points: 2 out of 3


Initial sales in 2011 of the MG 6 were slow in the United Kingdom, with only fifteen units in October 2011, only seven registrations for the MG brand as a whole were recorded in November (of which three were presumably TF roadsters).[24][25] Some cited lack of advertising and low perceived quality as problematic, while the absence of a diesel and an estate option were also mooted.[25][26]

In December 2011, car rental company Avis UK Ltd announced that it would be running one hundred MG 6 GT and Magnette in its rental fleet, and took delivery of these cars.[27] For 2012, MG sold 782 cars in the United Kingdom.[28] Initial production was projected in the range of 2,000 to 3,000 per annum, although these volumes were never achieved, and in 2016, MG Motor UK withdrew the MG6 from sale in the United Kingdom.[29]


  • The AA 3.5/5 stars[30]
    Likes: Sharp handling and good ride, high standard specification, great value for money, good space efficiency.
    Gripes: Noisy engine when extended, some low quality cabin materials, no automatic option.
  • Autocar 3.5/5 stars[31]
    'The MG6 is now a greener proposition than ever before, but its bland cabin aesthetics are still letting the side down.'
  • Auto Express 3/5 stars[32]
    For: Involving handling, performance, standard kit levels.
    Against: Limited engine choice, poor quality interior, awkward looks.
  • Auto Trader 2.6/5 stars[33]
    'Despite Chinese ownership, the MG 6 is designed and built at Longbridge to take on family [cars]. It's a decent drive, with sharp handling, and there's loads of interior space. Some serious flaws, though.'
  • Evo 3/5 stars [34][35]
    [+] One of the best in its class to drive, well priced.
    [-] Don't expect premium feel at these prices, gutless [petrol] engine and low-rent cabin.
  • MSN Cars 3/5 stars[36]
    Positives: ride and handling, equipment, practicality, styling and price.
    Negatives: interior plastics [and] economy.

Second generation

MG 6 (Second generation)
2018 MG 6.jpg
AssemblyNanjing, China
Body and chassis
Body style5-door liftback
RelatedRoewe i6
Electric motorSynchronous Permanent Magnetic Motor (PHEV Version)
  • 6-speed manual
  • 7-speed DCT
  • 2-speed electric transmission
  • 10-speed EDU intelligent electric drive variable speed and iEM intelligent energy management system (6-speed engine and 4-speed electric motor)
Hybrid drivetrainPlug-in Hybrid (eMG6 PHEV)
Battery9.1 kWh Lithium-ion (eMG6 PHEV)
Wheelbase2,715 mm (106.9 in)
Length4,695 mm (184.8 in)
Width1,848 mm (72.8 in)
Height1,462-1,466 mm (57.6-57.7 in)
Curb weight1320kg

In November 2016, the second generation was unveiled at Nanjing Wanchi race track. The next generation of MG 6 incorporates MG's new design language "Emotional Dynamism" which was launched with MG's second SUV, the MG ZS in 2016. The new grille which is an important part of MG's new design language is called 'Star Rider'.[37][38]

The MG 6 shares a platform with the sedan Roewe i6, and just like the Roewe ei6, an eMG 6 plug in hybrid version is also available. Price of the second generation MG 6 starts from 96,800 RMB to 132,800 RMB.[39]

MG showed off a 350hp concept as the MG 6 XPower at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2019, bringing back the sports sub-brand from the early 2000s. The company said the car would retail at EUR100,000 if there was sufficient interest.[40]


The eMG 6 PHEV is the plug-in hybrid version of the second generation MG 6.[41] The plug-in hybrid vehicle gets a combination of 1.5-litre turbocharged engine and an electric motor for a combined power output of 228 hp and 622 Nm of torque. The eMG 6 PHEV consumes 1.5 litres of gasoline every 100 km and has a range of 53 km in pure electric mode. The hybrid system of the eMG 6 PHEV is supported by a 9.1 kWh IP67-rated battery and meets the UL2580 standard pf United States.[42]

2020 facelift

In July 2020, the second generation MG 6 received a facelift marketed as the 3rd-gen MG6 by SAIC MG. While marketed as a super wide-body sedan, the width is actually the same as the pre-facelift model with the redesigned front and rear end resulted in a 9mm length growth instead. The updated MG 6 continues to be powered by a 1.5 liter turbo engine producing a maximum power of 181 horsepower and a peak torque of 285 Nm, which is an increase of 12 PS and 35 Nm respectively compared to the outgoing model. In terms of transmission, MG 6 facelift is equipped with a 7-speed wet dual-clutch gearbox and 6-speed manual transmission. The 2020 MG 6 was launched in China on 10th July.[43]


MG cars in the BTCC between 2012 and 2014.

In January 2012, MG Motor announced that it would enter the 2012 British Touring Car Championship. Triple 8 Race Engineering ran a pair of works MG 6 GT models through the MG KX Momentum Racing team, driven by Jason Plato and Andy Neate. Plato ended the season in third place, with the car yet to find its foot in wet conditions.

The team returned in 2013 with Sam Tordoff replacing Neate in the second MG, who performed well in his debut year having joined through the KX Academy scheme. Plato once again came third, with Tordoff sixth. In 2014, MG won the Manufacturers' Championship to break Honda's four year reign. After just three years of competition, the MG6 GT sealed the title by 95 points at the season finale at Brands Hatch.

Drivers Plato and Tordoff racked up seven wins and twenty podiums in the thirty race calendar, as Plato finished second in the Drivers' Championship behind Colin Turkington, while Tordoff finished seventh. The season of 2014 also saw a third Triple Eight maintained MG6 GT on the grid, driven by Marc Hynes, who finished his début season in 18th.

For the campaign of 2015, MG returned with a new driver line up of champion of 2013, Andrew Jordan and Jack Goff, both drivers left prior to the 2016 season. On 8 March 2016, Triple Eight Racing confirmed that Josh Cook and Ashley Sutton would drive for the team in the 2016 British Touring Car Championship.

MG 6 BTCC drivers to date have been:

A concept for a new TCR spec MG 6 was announced on 14 April 2019.[44] Two new MG 6 X-Power TCR cars debuted in the 2019 TCR China round at Zhejiang International Circuit in the third round driven by Rodolfo Avila and Zhendong Zhang as invitation entries.[45]

The cars took a third and fourth place at Ningbo International Circuit. The car was officially homologated to compete in the inaugural FIA Motorsport Games Touring Car Cup on 1-3 November, the British team car run by AmDTuning.Com driven by Rory Butcher and the Chinese by MG Motor driven by Zhang, with Butcher finishing a best fourth in race 2.[46] Two cars will compete in the 2020 TCR Asia Series with Team MG X-Power monitoring the WTCR with hopes of entering the car in the championship.[47]


Calendar Year Thailand
2014 204[48]
2015 367[49]
2016 1,055[50]
2017 433[51]


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