Rise from the Ashes – Round 2

A few weeks ago The Manifold ran a post on the imminent release of MG onto the Australian market. Now the preview of the cars at the MG national club meet is done and dusted, we stopped in to the Petersham MG dealership, now open to the public to check out the new MG6.

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The gates are open, the showroom is unlocked, yet the place is eerily quiet. Luckily, The Manifold managed to get an employee to talk us through the features of the Morris Garages product. Turns out we got the right guy, as the employee was one of the six chosen to drive the new models to the MG clubs’ national meet at Toowoomba.

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According to the MG employee, the cars returned 6.7ltr/100km on the trip, and described the long haul as comfortable. But it’s not all about the economy, with the MG6 being entered in numerous events at the club meeting, including sprint and motorkhana events. This is where the cars showed they have lost none of their sporting pedigree, their turbocharged 118kw/215nm engines showing they can go fast as well as look good. The fact that the car’s weight distribution is claimed to be 50:50 would be a massive help in the performance stakes as well.

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The Australian delivered cars are all petrol powered, the omission of a Diesel engine means that we won’t get the top of the range model available in the UK. This also means the six airbag system available in the UK models won’t be available here either. The Aussie MG6 won’t be available with automatic transmissions, MG is hoping the ability to row through the gears will show the MG car’s sporting strengths, and capitalise on it’s heritage. The securtiy system is keyless, so the MG6 is pushbutton start. Just like a racecar.

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In terms of models, as mentioned in the previous article there will be two body styles, fastback and saloon. The Australian market will get three trim levels; Standard, Comfort & Deluxe, with the monikers speaking for themselves in terms of which is which. The dash is well laid out, with a rather impressive display for the stereo system. The first of these Australian cars haven’t been configured for satnav, so the option is not available yet, but the top of the range Deluxe does utilise the screen for the rear view camera. Seating position is relaxed, although the F1 inspired seats give a good grip, and makes one feel they will feel supported, even when undertaking some spirited driving.

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MG’s new owners have done well to capitalise on the marque’s heritage, and although a bold move to import only manual transmission cars, it shows that the MG6 is not just another pedestrian passenger car that will be lost in a sea of homogenous makes. 50:50 weight distribution, turbochargers and wraparound bucket seats show that this is a driver’s car, something to be enjoyed. Even with the chance of being stuck in traffic, the ability of the car more than makes up for it, once a piece of open road is reached. With any luck, MG will be able to move these cars, so we can see what is next on offer from this Phoenix that has risen from the ashes. Or will we see the tail end of Morris Garages for yet another time?

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Thanks to the employee for his assistance, not sure if you want your name broadcast.

The pictures are my own.You can tell it’s my bad photography by the fact I got my foot in the centre console picture.

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