Thirty years ago, MG decided that it would no longer offer its open-top motoring to the US consumer, but there are people out there who still remember the name and dream of driving the small roadster. Fortunately, we might have some good news for those people. They’re baaa-aaack. Now that Chinese automaker, Shanghai Auto (SAIC), is in control, the British brand might make its way over to the States again. Of course, for right now these are just rumors, but we can only hope that this sleek car will get to see U.S. soil.
The first rumored model to be offered will be the 2014 MG TF with a front-engine/rear drive layout and a soft-top design. A retractable hardtop will not be offered due to cost and complexity. Under the hood there will be a GM-sourced turbodiesel, a gasoline V6 engine, and a hybrid powertrain based on the system in SAIC’s Rowe 750.
MG and SAIC have decided to provide the Mazda Miata with a little competition which could mean trouble for Mazda. Right now, it seems that Mazda is doing some damage with the Miata and its faithful followers, but one look at this rendering and people might decide to jump ship and cruise with the MG. We’ll have to reserve our judgment until we see some specs and, of course, pricing.