It's far too expensive and far too slow in my opinion.
I doubt it will sell very well but fair play to them for having a crack. £19,000 gets you a lot of car, with a lot of spec.
Yeah, they should have turbocharged the VVC variant instead, the 160VVC that is! Or at least offered a high-performance version in addition to the 160 1.8, with the 143 VVC and the MGF-S supercharger bolted to it for ~230bhp.
In truth though, they needed the diesel engine at launch (2012 is too late) and the next generation of petrol engines they are currently developing (which are just getting more and more dlayed, they were saying 180bhp from a 1.5, with fuel economy to match, shows how weak the N-Series is nowadays, though to be fair, its 24 years old!).
The N will sound sweet as a nut, and im sure it will offer acceptable performance, but as it seems they are trying to position the MG6 and MG as a whole, as the sports brand (with the Austin brand returning at some point to position as the family brand), performance is everything.
Having said that though, the reviews are positive, and the Chinese... well lets be honest, they will, in time, make a success of of the marque, guaranteed. In fact MG and Roewe already are proving quite successful, as to whether it will linger in the UK too long, who knows, but I guess we live in hope that NAC/SAIC have invested too much time and money in the UK/European division, to pull out now.
They really need to follow the 6 up quickly with a car based on the Zero concept, and Austin badged variants of the Roewe W2 and 550 (or their replacements) by the end of 2013 would probably be more mainstream sellers??
It's just the start, id rather they have kept selling the ZT and the TF, or at least kept marketing the MG brand in the "dark years", during which nobody outside the motoring/MG fold, even knew that MG were still building cars, the TF in Longbridge... now they are in the position whereby they have no brand awareness, and a distinct lack of a thorough-enough lineup to have any significant impact on the market... one of the many problems that resulted in the failiure of MGR all those years ago!
Something positive for the locals of Longbridge to look forward to though!