Future Morgan Cars to Be Built on New Architecture
Morgan has announced plans for new models that will all be built on on its recently introduced “CX-Generation” aluminium platform.
First deployed in the Morgan Plus Six roadster (pictured above), which was launched at the Geneva motor show in March of last year, the new architecture has been designed in-house by Morgan.
The platform is claimed to be twice as rigid as the previous aluminium chassis used by the company, which underpinned the Aero 8 and second-generation Plus 8 models. In terms of weight, it tips the scales at 97 kg, contributing to the Plus Six’s 1,075 kg dry weight.
“We recognise a need for a more resolved core product that fits in with our customer’s growing needs, as well as future legislative requirements. The advanced engineering encompassed within the new platform is a vital underpinning for the next generation of Morgan sports cars,” says company CEO, Steve Morris.
Although full details of the new CX-Generation aluminium platform models are yet to be shared, the company has confirmed 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 launch of the new CX-platform-based cars in 2020 will officially mark the end of production for Morgan’s traditional steel chassis.
Originally introduced in 1936 in the British marque’s first four-wheeled vehicle, the 4-4, the steel chassis has played an important role in the company’s history, underpinning its models for 83 years. A variation of the chassis continues to be found today, namely, in the Morgan 4/4, Plus 4 and V6 Roadster.
The steel chassis is also set to exit on a bit of a swan song, by way of a newly-announced Plus 4 “70th Anniversary Edition” model. Restricted to just 20 examples, the limited-run car will feature a chassis finished in gold paint!
Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition official sketch