Now this shouldn’t be of interest because we don’t get Roewe cars in the UK and neither are we likely to. But this is that brand’s replacement for what we all know as the Rover 75, which Chinese car maker SAIC snapped up on MG Rover’s demise in 2005 and has been marketing in China as the Roewe 750 since.
SAIC also owns the MG brand and you may recall that the MG6, which recently launched in the UK, shares underpinnings with the Roewe 550; and the 550 is also based on the old Rover 75. So are we likely to get a version of the car we see here badged as a MG instead, some time in the future? No. Although China might.
The problem is that the new Roewe 750 is based on GM’s Epsilon platform, the same car that forms the basis of the Vauxhall Insignia — SAIC is GM’s production partner in China and signed a deal to give the Chinese access to its platforms and engines. But it’s unlikely this extends to allowing the Chinese to undercut them in core markets for GM around the world, Europe included. So the Roewe 750 and possible MG7 variant, if ones comes, are only ever likely to stay domestic or be marketed in territories where the General wouldn’t see a consequent dent in sales of its own products (it doesn’t get much say in China).
Still, the 2012 Roewe 750 is likely to come with four cylinder 2.0 litre, 2.0 turbo and 2.4 litre engines from GM and will compete directly against the Buick Regal in China, a car we know as the Insignia.
As we say though, don’t expect to see the same thing happening in the UK.