For readers in the UK, 2013 and 2014 will be all about the MG3. However, in China, where the product plan is usually running a couple of years ahead, the company is already gearing up for its long-awaited small SUV – previewed in the CS concept in 2013 – and the unexpected MG5 saloon.
The production version of the MG CS is mooted for an early reveal alongside the fastback saloon version of the frumpy MG5 hatchback, which slots in below the MG6. Any crossover between these two cars won’t last too long, as the 6’s replacement, due in 2016, will powered by the 2.0-litre turbocharged NLE engine.
The SUV, which certainly looks exciting in the leaked images below, will be one of several off-roaders produced by SAIC, including the SsangYong-based Roewe W5 and upcoming MG-badged Korando reskin.
According to China Car Times, both cars will be powered by SAIC’s 1.5-litre engine in turbocharged form developing 129bhp, but with the NLE eventually finding its way under the bonnet with up to 220bhp. Both cars are expected to be unveiled at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, which takes place between 20-24 April. Sales are expected to follow – in China – in the summer, with UK models some time behind that.
However, as we recently saw, MG Motor UK is busy working on establishing itself in the UK market with the MG3 and won’t commit to these new models until they are thoroughly ready and likely to find buyers. The new cars appear to be stylish – in the renderings and concept form – and the fastback shape of the MG5 saloon is very interesting.