These official SAIC Design MG5 Concept sketches have emerged online ahead of the car’s unveiling at Auto Shanghai 2011 later this month.
Beneath the sporty skin, the MG5 shares its underpinnings with the Roewe 350 saloon, which is offered with the same 1.5-litre petrol engine as the MG3.
The 350 is a somewhat conservative car both in styling and roadmanners and has, to an extent, slipped under the radar in the PRC. However, the car has garnered wider media attention, thanks to its use of Google’s Android operating system, more commonly found on smart-phones to power its In-car Entertainment – known as ‘Inkanet’, it’s caused quite a buzz in technology circles.
The design work is once again courtesy of Tony Williams-Kenny and the UK-lead Design Team based at MG Birmingham. The 5 will likely feature the same engine, although the possibility remains for either a smaller 1.3-litre or larger 1.8-litre, as well as a diesel to be fitted for European markets. The 350 has different underpinnings to those of its bigger brother, with simpler, semi-independent rear suspension using a torsion beam similar to that of the MG3, though the suspension and handling set-up will receive the same attention as that of the 6 for the UK market.
The release of these sketches apes the show launch of the MG6 when SAIC Motor chose to ‘leak’ drawings prior to its launch which gave a fairly accurate representation of the production version of the car. Now, almost two years on, the MG5 is set to follow in its tyre-tracks .
Auto Shanghai 2011 is scheduled for 21-28 April.