MG
may resurrect an icon, but this time as an drop-top crossover.

Auto Express is reporting out of the United Kingdom that MG will bring back the MG Roadster based on the MG Icon concept first shown in China last year. That four-passenger hard top SUV was tall in drive height and short on details when it was shown, though it was supposed to pay homage to the MGA and MGB GT.

The Roadster, along with the hard top model, will likely arrive in 2015, Auto Express reports. Like the hard top, the convertible would offer a modern interpretation of the MGB with key styling cues such as the long hood, octagon emblem and distinctive styling.

Auto Express says that the Roadster would have a starting price of around 14,000 pounds or $21,800, though any reliable details are going to be hard to come by until this rumor finds some firmer ground.


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      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not bring the MG Roadster back as a RWD, two seat sports car to go up against the Miata? We have enough damn crossovers to choose from as it is. With the success the Miata seems to be enjoying, and all of the buzz surrounding the FR-S/BRZ models, small, light sports cars seem to be making a comeback, while every drop top crossover I can think of, Murano Cabriolet, has failed miserably.
        willyk52
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris
        i love the miata, but here are recent sales numbers...as much as i wish there was market case for a small roadster.... 2006 16,897 2007 15,075 2008 10,977 2009 7,917 2010 6,370 2011 5,674 2012 1,454 YTD EOM March
          turbomonkey2k
          • 2 Years Ago
          @willyk52
          With the Tsunami/Meltdown this year will be a statistical anomaly.
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @willyk52
          Well, I would like to see some sales numbers for the Murano CrossCarbriolet, as I doubt there is more of a market case for a crossover convertible. I see a lot more Miatas on the road than I do Murano convertibles. In the next few years, a new Alfa Romeo Spider will be codeveloped along side the next generation Miata, so I am not so sure they agree that there is no market case for a small roadster.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris
        I agree, the last thing we need in the US automotive world is another stupid crossover/SUV/CUV. Surely those things have already saturated American suburbia and McMansion land.
        willyk52
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris
        those are US sales numbers
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      How did they manage to get Katie Holmes to stand on the turn table for them? The car is a little overstyled, but I like the 1950's themes of the dash and the thru-bumper exhaust. No production car interior would ever look like that, but if they did, WOW!
      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      great segment, because the Convertible MURANO is flying off the lots! LOL
      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      No it won't and it shouldn't. Disgusting idea the cabriolet crossover!
      soonermike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those crazy Chinese...
      Ric J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Completely agree with Chris. An MG is and should be a sports car, period.
        turbomonkey2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ric J
        Sports car, period? If you're American I'll forgive you for not knowing any better but MG has certainly made more than just sports cars over the decades. It's as silly as thinking Subaru is only about all wheel drive.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      "MG Roadster may return as convertible crossover" Let's just make this easier for everyone. No, it won't. This vehicle will never see the light of day. Done.
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      hopefully not...
      willyk52
      • 2 Years Ago
      They just want to ride the coat tails of the successful Murano Cabrolet
      SublimeKnight
      • 2 Years Ago
      This seems like a neat idea: A roadster that you can drop the tailgate (and use a bed extender) and pick up some sheet or two of plywood and some 2x4's from home depot. The part I'm missing is the "convertible" part of this "convertible"... ie where's the roof come from?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Ferd
      • 2 Years Ago
      A "roadster" by definition only has two seats
        cpmanx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ferd
        Haven't you heard that words no longer have meaning? Coupes can have four doors. Roadsters can have four seats. Who knows, maybe a Mercedes SUV with a sunroof will become a "cabriolet."
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