China Watch : MG5 to hit the showrooms before the end of 2011?
AROnline’s regular readers may recall that Nanjing Automobile (Group) Corporation (NAC) originally intended to re-launch an apparently reverse-engineered version of the Honda Civic-based MG ZS as the MG5 in China. However, that plan was ditched either before or shortly after NAC became a subsidiary of SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor) on the 1st April, 2008.
SAIC Motor has instead developed the AP platform for use in the C-segment – that already underpins the Roewe 350 saloon and will also be used for an all-new MG5 hatchback. AROnline understands that the car, which has been codenamed the AP12, will be powered by SAIC Motor’s 15S4U engine which features VTI-TECH and produces 105bhp at 6000rpm with maximum torque of 100lb ft at 4000rpm. The standard transmission will be a five-speed manual with multi-mode automatic option.
The latest photographs of the prototype MG5 to emerge from China clearly show that the car has now reached an advanced stage of development – our sources there reckon that an MG5 Concept car might be unveiled at next April’s Auto Shanghai 2011 and that production versions should reach the showrooms in China before the end of 2011.
[Source: China Car Times]