China Watch : The first MG5 renderings emerge in China
With the MG6 due for UK launch this Autumn and the MG3 due for its Chinese launch around the same time, attention is now turning to the next MG and these renderings offer a suggestion of what we can expect.
The new car, which is being referred to as the MG5, will most likely be based on the recently-launched Roewe 350, just as the MG6 is based on the Roewe 550.
This medium-sized car will be thrown into one of the most fiercely contested market segments here in the UK – likely facing off against leading C-segment contenders such as the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf – and will be much closer in size to the 2001-2005 MG ZS.
These renderings, which appear courtesy of China Car Times, blend the looks of the MG Zero’s lower grille and the 6’s front end styling but replace the 350’s saloon styling with a more UK-friendly hatchback, similar in appearance to the Mitsubishi Lancer hatch.
The 350, launched earlier this year in China, is powered by MG parent SAIC Motor’s new 1.5-litre engine (which bears no relationship to the N-Series engine), while inside the car is packed with technology, featuring a user interface powered by Google’s Android operating system which gives the driver real-time traffic news updates as well as Internet access.
It’s anticipated the new MG will get a concept unveiling at the Guangzhou Auto Show this December ahead of a Chinese launch in April, 2011.