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MG Rover engine to power SUV

MG Rover has announced it is to supply engines for Ssangyong SUVs.

Ssanyong will build the SUVs with parent company Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) at a new assembly plant in China.

The 1.8-litre K-series petrol engine already powers the Land Rover Freelander.

Separately, the K-series is being developed to meet Euro IV emissions standards.

Jiang Zhiwei, vice chairman of SAIC and co-president of Ssangyong, said SAIC will import Ssangyong cars before establishing a joint venture plant with Ssangyong in which each holds a 50% stake.

Zhiwei confirmed that SAIC is pushing for a partnership with MG Rover, and would use its engines to power the future Ssangyong model.

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