MG E-Motion Review May 8, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The MG E-Motion is sure to appeal to those interested in stunning zero-emissions performance. The first electric car from MG, the E-Motion demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to restore the MG marque after decades of neglect. Penned at the automaker’s traditional Longbridge design studio in the United Kingdom but manufactured and owned by Chinese SAIC Motors, the E-Motion is the most recent concept vehicle from MG and has a two-door sports car body style. The E-Motion proves a high-performance and efficient coupe isn’t an oxymoron.
The E-Motion has a low-slung and sculpted appearance. The LED headlights get their inspiration from the London Eye, while the butterfly doors have a space-age feel. The headlights are more angular than you may expect and sit by a chin that juts out from under the grille. Overall, the shape still evokes a traditional Grand Tourer. This includes a short rear deck, long hood, graceful curves, and rear windows that gently taper. Some extra touches include the pert deck lid spoiler, glass roof, and vertical tail lamps.
Interior Styling and Features
The interior of the E-Motion features an intelligent infotainment system with details to be announced in the future. According to MG, it will be completely internet-compatible, giving drivers the connectivity they want at all times. As a concept car, MG was able to go crazy with additional features. The center console appears to be a giant touchscreen with buttons surrounding the shifter while the infotainment screen sits low and almost blends with this center console. We have to admit it’s one of the sleeker console integrations we’ve seen, but we can’t comment on its usability. Even the rear seat passengers in this concept have access to a touch-capable console with its own controls.
Technical and Performance Information
The information on the MG E-Motion concept is still relatively limited. We do know that it will be able to go from a standstill up to 62 mph in less than 4 seconds. It will also have a range that should be about 310 miles. This is the same range as other new electric concepts from other automakers, including the Skoda Vision E, Audi e-tron Sportback, and VW I.D. Crozz.
The E-Motion’s Future
At the moment, you are unlikely to see the MG E-Motion at any point in the near future. After all, MG currently only makes two inexpensive vehicles, a crossover and a hatchback. This model seems to be different than their current offerings, but it may represent the direction they hope to take in the future. Experts predict that it is more likely we will see a more practical electric vehicle on a similar platform in the future. However, according to MG, they are contemplating moving the E-Motion to production based on its reception during the Shanghai Auto Show. If so, it may only cost $38,439. It is unlikely, however, that Americans will get lucky enough to see the MG E-Motion in the U.S. If MG does manufacture a new sports car, drawing on their untapped legacy of British touring performance, we can only hope it looks similar to this striking concept.