The Morgan Motor Company is to continue its technology drive with the launch of new models based on its recently introduced CX-Generation aluminium platform.
A raft of new car introductions will take place in 2020 and form a core range of models for the British manufacturer.
It follows the success of the first car to use this platform, the new Morgan Plus Six, launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. The British hand-built car maker has received an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the Plus Six model from both the press and customers, in large part thanks to its CX-Gen platform.
Designed in house by Morgan, the CX-Gen platform is twice as rigid as the previous aluminium chassis used by the company, which underpinned the Aero 8 and second-generation Plus 8 models. Thanks to a focus on reducing weight, the chassis tips the scales at just 97kg, contributing to the Plus Six’s mere 1,075kg dry weight.
Although full details of the new aluminium platform models are yet to be shared, the company can confirm that the range will feature a variant with a manual gearbox, as well as an engine with a smaller capacity than the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder unit used in the Plus Six.
The introduction of the CX-platform-based Plus Six marks the end of production for Morgan’s legendary traditional steel chassis. Introduced in 1936 in Morgan’s first four-wheeled vehicle, the 4-4, the steel chassis has played a hugely important role in the company’s history, underpinning its models for 83 years. A variation of the chassis continues to be found today, in the Morgan 4/4, Plus 4 and V6 Roadster.
More information on the model range, launch dates and celebration plans for the end of the traditional steel chassis will be made in 2020 – WG.