Clearer images of the MG5 have made it on to the Internet. And it looks like Shanghai’s Golf challenger is going for a conservative, but neat, look that will continue along the path the 6 and 3 have established – one that shouldn’t scare off too many hatchback buyers in Europe and the far East. The car, which is underpinned by a Roewe 350 chassis and powered by its 1.5-litre turbo four-pot, is contemporary – and, when we had a look over it at Longbridge back in June, we found quite a lot to like about it, not least its airy interior and refined power unit.
If it follows that the Roewe 350, there will be plenty in the MG5 to interest tech-heads, not least its Android O/S enabled info-tainment system. This is something that has certainly gone down well with Chinese buyers. It has the potential to look good if the MG Concept 5 (below), which was styled in Longbridge, is anything to go by.
Re-reading our model-breakdown should help explain where the MG5 fits into the range. Expect it to hit the showrooms in the UK towards the end of 2012.
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