Roewe 550

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Roewe 550
MG 550.JPG
Manufacturer Roewe (SAIC Motor)
Also called MG 550
MG 6
Production 2008—present
Assembly Lingang, Shanghai, China
Designer Anthony Williams-Kenny
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size/Near-luxury car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Related MG 6
Engine 1.8 L Kavachi Turbo I4 158hp
2.0 L Turbo diesel
Wheelbase 2,705 mm (106.5 in)[1]
Length 4,653 mm (183.2 in)
Width 1,827 mm (71.9 in)
Height 1,480 mm (58.3 in)

The Roewe 550 is a mid-size car that is produced by Roewe in China and was launched at the 2008 Beijing Motor Show. The 550 is reported to be derived from the MG Rover RDX60 project (itself based on the platform of the Rover 75) which was under development when MG Rover failed.[2]


The car, codenamed W261 during development, is the work of a joint Anglo-Chinese collaboration with ex-Rover experts at consultancy firm Ricardo 2010 and SAIC's had car development team. The 550 was previewed at the 2007 Shanghai Auto Show in the form of the Roewe W2 concept car.[3]

The drivetrain uses either a 1.6 or 1.8 litre 160 bhp (119 kW; 162 PS) engine based on the Rover K engine with 2.0 litre turbo diesel forecast to join the range and a choice of five speed manual or five speed automatic transmission.

The car features a high-technology interior with digital instruments and the RMI (Roewe Multimedia Interface) digital multimedia interactive system, a multi-functional audio and video entertainment system with Bluetooth hands-free system, USB interface and GPS.

In 2008, the Roewe 550 was launched in Chile, rebadged as the MG 550.[4] It was also released in Bahrain, Oman and UAE in 2011.

A restyled hatchback version of the Roewe 550 was announced at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show as the MG 6. The MG6 was imported into the UK up until mid 2016, when it was discontinued following poor sales.[5]

Plug-in hybrid[edit]

SAIC Roewe 550 plug-in hybrid.

The SAIC Roewe 550 PHEV is the plug-in hybrid version. Its 11.8kWh LiFePO4 battery packs delivers an all-electric range of 58 km (36 mi)[6] Retails sales began in China in November 2013.[6] Cumulative sales totaled 11,711 units through December 2015, of which, 10,711 were sold in 2015.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Features and specs of MG550". Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  2. ^ Adams, Keith (2008-01-12). "More pictures of son-of-RDX60 appear...". AROnline. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Roewe reveals reborn Rover 45". Auto Express. 2007-05-05. 
  4. ^ "MG (SKBergé)" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  5. ^ Holloway, Hilton (2009-04-20). "MG6 to go on sale in the UK". Autocar. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  6. ^ a b Staff. "SAIC Roewe e550 (550 Plug-in Hybrid)". China Auto Web. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  7. ^ Staff (2015-01-14). "2014 EV Sales Ranking". China Auto Web. Retrieved 2015-01-15. 
  8. ^ Jose, Pontes (2016-01-12). "China December 2015 (3rd Update)". Retrieved 2016-02-13.  A total of 10,711 SAIC Roewe 550 PHEVs were sold in China in 2015.

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