MG has unveiled their new GS crossover at the Shanghai Auto Show.

MG has unveiled their new GS crossover at the Shanghai Auto Show.

Previewed by the CS concept, the GS has a familiar design and features a slender grille which is flanked by sweptback headlights.  Moving further back, we can see plastic body cladding, an upward sweeping beltline and a tailgate-mounted rear spoiler.  The model can also be equipped with optional LED daytime running lights and a variety of wheels in sizes ranging from 16- to 18-inch wheels.

The angular interior is a little button intensive but it comes equipped with air conditioning, split folding rear seats and a four-speaker audio system.  Higher-end variants boast leather upholstery, a premium audio system and an infotainment system with either a 6- or 8-inch display.

Under the hood, two engines will be available.  The turbocharged 1.5-liter unit produces 168 PS (124 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, while the turbocharged 2.0-liter develops 220 PS (162 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.  Depending on which engine is selected, it can be connected to a six-speed manual, a six-speed dual-clutch transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.  Front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is optional.

The MG GS will go on sale in China later this year, while a U.K. launch is slated for late 2016.  However, the company says the model unveiled in Shanghai is not "representative of the UK market version" as the Euro-spec model could be equipped with different engines and gearboxes - among other things.

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