MG, the legendary British marque best known in the US for its dynamic sports cars, is currently owned by Chinese automaker SAIC and has focused on mainstream segments in recent years. MG has also started adding electric vehicles to its lineup and this will eventually lead to the return of sports cars to the brand.
On Monday, MG unveiled a new EV platform known as the Modular Scalable Platform, or MSP, which the company says is designed to support a range of segments, from hatchbacks to SUVs and yes, even sports cars.
The MSP platform was shown in the MG 4 electric hatchback, which will be available in markets where MG operates from September. Unfortunately, the US is not among them.
The platform can support wheelbase sizes ranging from 104 to 122 inches, as well as low- and high-travel suspension settings. Crucial for a sports car that needs to be low and sleek, the MSP’s floor-mounted battery stands just 4.33 inches tall. A rear-mounted motor is the standard option, but a motor on each axle is also supported, forming an all-wheel drive system.
2023 MG 4
2023 MG 4
In the case of the MG 4, MG confirmed battery capacities of 51 and 64 kilowatt hours. The latter is expected to provide a range of approximately 250 miles.
Other platform features include over-the-air updates and battery replacement support.
MG said more details about the MG 4 and the MSP platform will be announced later in the year.
As for a future MG sports car, the company has unveiled two sports car concepts in recent years: the E-Motion 2+2 coupe in 2017 and the Cyberster two-seater roadster in 2021. And in June, patent drawings depicting a sports car surfaced , styled as Cyberster. Rumors suggest that the car will arrive around 2024.