The second model in the MG5 range appears to have broken cover before its official launch in China later this year. The new car, whose pictures have been published by Car News China, will initially be powered by the 1.5-litre NSE engine in naturally aspirated and turbocharged form, but has not yet been confirmed for the UK as the business continues to find its feet here.
The new car has been styled by ex-Austin Rover designer, Stephen Harper, and Nigel Ratcliffe from an original theme penned in Longbridge and is a clear attempt to muscle in on the C/D-Segment four-door coupe market, which is booming in MG’s home market, China. Despite appearances to the contrary, the MG5 Sedan does not have a hatchback rear end and is dimensionally smaller than the MG6.
Further additions to the MG5 Sedan range will be added – including a new top-of-the-range model that is powered by the SAIC-developed 2.0-litre engine – again in turbocharged and naturally-aspirated versions. A new Volkswagen DSG-style gearbox will also find its way into the MG5.
The styling is a bold departure from the rather frumpy-bottomed MG5 hatchback, with the front-end styling cementing a new, more aggressive MG family look. The MG6 is shortly to be announced in facelifted form and will also receive the new front-end styling. MG Motor UK has not confirmed whether the MG5 or facelifted MG6 will be sold in the UK – only confirming that a new small crossover, heavily influenced by the MG CS Concept will come here in 2016.