2023 MG 7: China’s Toyota Camry rival not planned for Australia, for now


MG is developing a new large sedan with European styling for its Chinese model range. However, it’s not coming to Australia – for now.

Alex Misoyannis

Chinese brand MG is preparing a new flagship sedan for its home market – but there are no plans to sell it in Australia for the time being.

Badged MG 7, the new MG large car is slated to sit above the MG 6 as the brand’s flagship sedan, with a sleek ‘fastback’ body drawing cues from European four-door coupes.

Dimensions are yet to be confirmed, however the MG 7 name suggests the new car will be larger than China’s current 4.7-metre long MG 6 – and closer to Australia’s top-selling Toyota Camry sedan, which measures 4.9 metres from nose to tail.

However, the MG 7 for now won’t be offered in Australia – amid declining sales in the mainstream mid-size sedan segment, down 17.5 per cent so far in 2022 compared to the same period last year.

“We are constantly listening to the needs and wants of our customers, but at this stage we will not be bringing the MG7 into the Australian market,” an MG Motor Australia spokesperson told Drive.

MG Australia will instead focus its passenger car range on the upcoming MG 5 due early next year, a 4675mm-long small to mid-size sedan aimed at the likes of the Hyundai i30 Sedan, Toyota Corolla sedan and Skoda Octavia liftback.

Few details of the MG 7 have emerged out of China so far, however the four exhaust outlets and lack of key electric-car styling elements indicate this new model will use petrol power.

Above, in white: Leaked photo of the new MG 7.

The current MG 6 in China uses a choice of 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines from Australia’s HS SUV, developing 133kW and 285Nm, with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive.

Plug-in hybrid versions are also offered in China, with the hero XPower performance variant offering 224kW, 480Nm, and 70km of claimed electric range from a 1.5-litre turbo engine and 11.1kWh battery pack.

Patent images out of China point to a sleek body drawing cues from other MG models and various European cars, with an open front grille akin to the smaller MG 5, sharp LED lights, and hints of Audi A7 in the tail-light bar.

Teaser images suggest an active rear spoiler on the tailgate – possibly with extendable outer sections, akin to a Porsche Panamera. Black badges feature, which reports suggest could form part of a new line of ‘Black Label’ flagship cars.

Given the increasing frequency of new teaser photos, expect a Chinese premiere for the 2023 MG 7 in the coming weeks or months. It isn’t bound for Australia, however.

The MG 7 name was last used from 2007 to 2013, on a rebranded version of the related MG ZT and Rover 75 – twinned mid-size sedans that served as some of the final models offered by the original MG Rover group under British ownership, before it entered receivership in 2005.

In MG Rover’s final days, it sold the rights to build the Rover and MG sedans to Chinese auto giant SAIC – which would later come to acquire the rights to the MG name (2007), which restarted production of the cars in a factory in China.

MG launched its first vehicle designed under SAIC ownership and control in 2011 – the MG 3 hatch, which came to Australia in 2016.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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