MG Motor UK's Icon concept unveiled at the Beijing auto show combines the British marque's sports car heritage with a more modern design direction pursued by the brand's Chinese owners, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC).
The Icon is MG's first SUV concept and it previews a subcompact model similar in size to the Nissan Juke that may launch in 2014.
The concept takes inspiration from some of the brand's most famous sports cars including the MGA and MGB GT, the automaker said.
The Icon was styled under the leadership of Tony Williams-Kenny, SAIC's British design director, in Longbridge, England, and in Shanghai.
"The MG Icon highlights a global vision for MG's design and represents a milestone for the brand, particularly this year which marks the 50th anniversary of the MGB," Williams-Kenny said in a statement on Monday.
The production version of the SUV will be powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, one of the new family of small gasoline engines SAIC is developing with General Motors Co.