The new medium-sized MG has been unveiled, camouflage free, in these Chinese spy-shots showcased on China Car Times.
The MG5 is set for launch in China in early March, with engines likely to include the new small engine 1.5-litre engine in both naturally aspirated and turbo forms, the 1.8-litre TCi-Tech and the as-yet unlaunched 1.9-litre turbodiesel. In terms of size the new 5 sits much closer to that of the MG ZS, which gained a reputation for its poised handling and, in V6 form, commendable performance.
These new pictures show the new car in a range of colours, and looking far more presentable than the original drab-looking black car that had been widely predicted to be unveiled officially. However, the March launch date has been unofficially confirmed, and should do much to bolster the MG marque in its home market.
Much has been made of the MG6’s slow sales in the UK, and it’s clear that in its home market, MG needs a broader range to attract customers in more significant numbers. The MG3 supermini and diesel versions of the 6 GT and Magnette are set for launch towards the end of 2012, however sales of the MG5 in the UK and indeed EU, which MG aims to enter this year with the aforementioned 6 diesel, have yet to be confirmed.