The countdown to the MG5 Turbo’s launch has begun and, as can be seen from this image first published in China Car Times, the front-end is to be mildly tweaked. The Golf-rivalling MG5 went on sale in China in March 2013, after being previewed by the AP12-based Concept 5 in 2011, but we hear that its UK launch has been delayed indefinitely as the company works hard to establish itself from its Longbridge base. The Turbo ‘5 will most probably appear on the European market after the production version of the CS SUV goes on sale in 2015.
The Turbo’s launch date has been set for ‘late 2013’ and can’t come a moment too soon. At launch the MG5 came with a single 1.5-litre 109bhp petrol engine coupled to either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto. The Turbo will offer more than 150bhp from its ‘Hyperboost’ engine and will be offered with the company’s six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
SAIC Motor claims that this engine/transmission package delivers a power output that’s equivalent to a 2.0-litre engine, suggesting around 160-180bhp. It sports features such as a Bi-Thermostat independent dual-positioned multi-layered cooling system and a Dualmass Flywheel. More relevantly for European buyers, Engineers close to the project have confirmed that the MG6’s turbodiesel powertrain will fit in the ‘5 – and expect this to be offered from launch. Whenever that may be…