•  MG Icon Concept at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show

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  •  MG Icon Concept rear

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MG has taken to the 2012 Beijing Motor Show with its Icon Concept, a hatch that's somehow intended to pay tribute to the MGA and MGB GT models of old. The automaker is marking its 50th anniversary this year, and chose the Chinese show to mark the occasion with the funky-looking concept you see above. Aside from a general hatchback shape, we don't see too much of the Icon's predecessors in the design – in fact, we see as much Mini Countryman as anything else. The tall ride height and flashy wheels certainly look as if they'd be at home on a modern roadway, however.

Details are scarce as far as the concept's drivetrain is concerned, though MG says the Icon can accommodate four occupants, and the rear seats fold into the floor to optimize the available cargo area. A brief press release is after the jump.
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MG unveiled the MG Icon concept car to stunned audiences at the Beijing Auto Show today.

It's the first SUV concept car from the company and was created by the MG global design team headed by British director Anthony Williams-Kenny.

The MG Icon takes inspiration from some of the legendary brand's most famous sports cars including the MGA and MGB GT. Williams-Kenny said: "The MG brand has a unique set of values and heritage and allows us to offer individual design values to our products. 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.

"We have balanced familiar brand cues, such as the wide and powerful front end graphic interpretation and, as one would expect, with a strong focus on the unique MG octagon.

"The MG Icon clearly demonstrates a progressive and soulful British spirit and has a lithe and powerful stance – its proportion harmonised by feature lines interpreted from MG's iconic greats."

The MGB GT inspired rear with structural lamps mounted on top of haunched wings are another highly distinctive feature of the design. The MG Icon has a four 'shell' seat layout. The rear seats can fold down completely into the floor, making the compact SUV versatile and functional.

Williams-Kenny added: "The MG Icon highlights a global vision for MG's design and represents a milestone for the brand, particularly this year which marks the 50th anniversary of the MGB."


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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Actually like it...
      jmi2
      • 2 Years Ago
      since my very first car was an MG-A, MG's hold a special place in my heart. this concept is a little, well, strange, but interesting. i'd like to know more about what the car can "do"; i remember having a great time with the MG-A, until my father took it away from me. NO! it wasn't a punishment; he took it to get some electrical work done & he just wouldn't give it back to me. he loved it even more!!!
      NissmoZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks a little like the Nissan Juke from the side view.
      scott
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh dear! It's not the 50th anniversary for MG, but the 50th of the MG B - hence the very MG B front end ( the old chrome grill front end) and loads of other nods to the original. I, for one like it!
      three jacks
      • 2 Years Ago
      you can't see an MG B in the front or around the tail. BLIND..... MG = Morris Garages, a sporty derivative of morris - the original badge for the mini... so the link makes sense anyways.....
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      The young lady's dress and hairstyle look like they came from the 1960s, like the original Minis.
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BG
        "The MG Icon highlights a global vision for MG's design and represents a milestone for the brand, particularly this year which marks the 50th anniversary of the MGB." So 50th anniversary, that means 2012 - 50 = ??? Well damn, it equals 1962, look at that.
        Narom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BG
        The orginal minis came from the 50s...
          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Narom
          Indeed, absolutely correct. I was referring to the era when the greatest number was sold. The young lady's teased hair spanned a couple of decades.
      ufgrat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Nissan Juke mated with an MGB-GT. The rear hatch definitely takes some inspiration from the GT... or a Volvo C30. ;)
      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pathetic asian copy cats
        IML
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MacProMan
        The Chinese Bought the Brand(s)!!! Did you complain about the Germans "Copying" the MINI? the Rolls Royce? the Bentley? The Lamborghini??? I think this is a Landmark for the Chinese Car Companys who finally understand herritage and are prepared to capitalise on it!
        Famsert
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MacProMan
        Except it was created by a global design team headed by a Brit. Idiot.
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Famsert
          I'm quite certain Anthony Williams-Kenny is not Chinese-British.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Famsert
          Doesn't change the fact that it's a ripoff of a number of cars. There are chinese people living in Britain, too.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      It actually looks interesting, instead opf the bland concepts that come out these days. The models dress and hair is a nice retro touch.
      Thomas
      • 2 Years Ago
      another asia copycat...
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      To echo others, this time the chinese have combined a Mini and a Juke.
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I think of icons, I tend to think of original things. This is the embodiment of derivation.
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