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MG will soon reveal a new mid-sized crossover riding its new Sigma architecture, which can support hybrid, plug-in hybrid and potentially all-electric vehicles.

The MG One is set to be officially revealed on July 30, 2021, though the company has published a few revealing teasers in the interim.

MG Motor Australia hasn’t confirmed whether the One will be introduced in Australia.

The teasers reveal a sleek crossover with a front-end that represents a further evolution of MG’s latest corporate “face”, which first appeared on the ZST.

That includes a gaping grille with intricate, 3D-effect mesh internals, somewhat similar in appearance to recent Lexus models’ spindle grilles. MG has already applied a similar front-end treatment to an updated, Chinese-market version of the HS.

There’s a sharp feature line running down the side of the One, with a distinctive upkick of the belt line aft of the C-pillar. MG refers to this motif as a “leopard jump”.

Geometric patterned trim can be found between the C- and D-pillars, bearing a resemblance to similar trim found on recent Hyundai Motor Group products like the Kia Carnival.

The overall shape of the tail lights is similar to current MG products, but the internals have an intriguing new look with prominent petal-shaped elements. And while the exhaust outlets appear fake, there’s a fairly aggressive-looking rear diffuser.

CarNewsChina reports the One should measure 4579mm long, 1866mm wide and 1609mm tall on a 2670mm wheelbase.

That makes this a sleeker alternative to MG’s existing HS, which measures 4574mm long, 1876mm wide and 1685mm tall on a 2720mm wheelbase.

Like the HS, the One’s base powertrain will reportedly be a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. In the HS, this produces 124kW of power and 250Nm of torque.

The new Sigma architecture was first revealed with the iMax8 people mover from fellow SAIC Motor brand Roewe at the 2020 Beijing motor show.

It can support everything from small cars and crossovers to large people movers.

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