MG Icon Concept
Debuting at China Auto 2012, this looks production ready
By Shahzad Sheikh
Looking like a cross between the Nissan Juke and the Mini Countryman, the MG Icon concept has been designed for the now Chinese-owned company, by its global design team headed by Brit, Anthony Williams-Kenny, and is actually meant to be evoking the MG brand’s glory days of MGA and MGB GT.
According the Design director, Williams-Kenny: ‘The MG Icon represents our vision of a modern MG and we feel that the small SUV canvas demonstrates MG’s capacity for progressive design with respect for its long heritage.’
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the MGB.
There’s no details about powertrain, but it clearly has a crossover-style stance, and considering the popularity of the Mini Countryman in this region, this could be a good car for MG to get a foothold in this market.
It’s got tough well-sculpted looks, with muscular front and rear fenders and actually is quite an appealing shape. The only thing that jars is the design of the bumpers. Plus that reinterpreted version of the British flag seems more representative of Chinese copycat design.