MG GT: Small Sports Saloon Sets Sight On Mideast

A shark-nosed, fast-backed addition to the increasingly popular ‘British born’ Chinese car maker’s rising roster of offerings in the Middle East, the MG GT is a welcome addition to the ever dwindling number of small sports saloons on sale. But whether it lives up to sporting expectations invoked by manufacturer-led comparisons with classic MG sports cars, can only be determined upon test drive.

Built on a modified version of the value-oriented MG 5, powered by the superb MG 6 20T’s engine in top spec, and with styling cues loosely harking back to the iconic 1970s MGB GT V8, the MG GT wears its sporting aspirations on its sleeve. Backed up by XDS electronic differential lock, 7-speed dual clutch gearbox and a stylish driver-oriented cabin, it is safe to expect that the top spec 170BHP 1.5-litre turbo version might well be the fun little firecracker it is touted as. However, with 116BHP engine and CVT transmission borrowed from the MG 5, the bigger question is whether the entry-level naturally-aspirated MG GT can muster enough dynamic savvy to earn its sporting spurs.

Press Release

The All-New 2022 MG GT – A Rebellious Sports Sedan Launched in the Middle East

  • Third-generation MG family design language fully incorporated in the sporty all-new 2022 MG GT
  • All-new model brings variety to the enhanced line-up from the British-born brand
  • 1.5 Turbo and 1.5L powertrains reflect power, performance, comfort and fuel economy
  • Prices for the MG GT 1.5L expected to start from $13,310*, while prices for the 1.5 Turbo powertrain start from USD $15,440*

25 October 2021, Middle East – MG Motor has launched the all-new MG GT, reflecting the British-born brand’s commitment to diversify its line-up by unveiling a sporty new model. The all-new MG GT offers Middle East car buyers a fresh new alternative in the sedan sector, with its aggressive sporty looks and 1.5L and 1.5T powertrains for optimum power and performance, with prices starting from $13,310*.

Inspired by the classic two-door MGB sports car, the all-new MG GT is the third sedan to join MG’s growing line-up of cost-efficient and high-value-for-money cars. With the brand’s focus on younger buyers, as demonstrated by its “Do More” ethos, the new model is set to resonate strongly with the region’s demographic, by reflecting the customers’ independence, aspirations, passion and rebelliousness, all of which are a result of their active and daring mindset.

The all-new 1.5T MG GT is equipped with a highly-efficient four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a DCT gearbox, which delivers maximum horsepower of 173 PS and 250N.m maximum torque to accelerate the car from 0-100 km/h in 8 seconds. The 1.5L model is equipped with a fourth-generation, fuel efficient, 118 PS 1.5L engine and an iCVT gearbox. Both models are equipped with an XDS torque vectoring system, which adds to the driving experience. The dynamic performance is further assisted by the sports chassis, which is of aerospace-grade aluminum and has a compact structure, resulting in high driving comfort and stronger handling stability.

The all-new MG GT is the brand’s first sports sedan to feature the third generation of its family design language. A large ‘Digital Flaming Grille’ is separated from the narrow, LED headlights, enhancing the powerful and dynamic presence. Complementing the strong downward-pressing bonnet, at the rear the all-new MG GT features a slightly upturned ducktail, which reinforces the sporty look. An end-to-end chrome line along with the wide shoulder of the car, and optional tomahawk alloy wheels (with Michelin tyres), add to the premium look and feel.

The dynamic look and feel is reflected in the interior, which is available in contrasting red or black. The seats’ structure adopts a design layout that considers and takes into account the principles of ergonomics, providing optimal comfort for the driver and better support for the body.  A large 10” touch screen is fitted as standard, with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, enabling the drivers to seamlessly use their smartphones with the car.

Befitting MG’s reputation for offering great value, the all-new MG GT is well-equipped with a range of technologies that reflect MG’s forward-thinking approach. The model comes with a body electronic stability control system, and a PDC rear reversing radar, as well as MG Pilot intelligent driving assistance system, a 360° view monitoring system, cruise control and forward collision warning among other features.

Tom Lee, Managing Director of MG Motor Middle East, commented: “The all-new MG GT serves as testimony to our challenger brand status as we continually seek to exceed expectations, while also introducing a new direction in regards to our design language.  The model is a well-equipped car that will further enhance the diverse nature of our exceptional line-up in the Middle East. It is also the ideal model for younger buyers who are looking for a cost-efficient, sporty car that delivers strong performance and provides drivers with an exciting driving experience, while simultaneously reflecting their rebellious spirit.”

The all-new MG GT will be available for sale across the GCC and Middle Eastern markets starting from October 25, 2021.