Official images of the MG5 have been released, 18 months ahead of launching in the UK
8 March 2012

Official images of the MG5 have been released, 18 months ahead of launching in the UK. The five-door hatchback will go on sale in China imminently.

The pictures show a C-segment-sized hatchback with angular headlights and pronounced creases along the bonnet and front wings.

The Chinese market model will be powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine producing around 105bhp. European models will have a range of engines, which MG hopes will include at least one diesel unit. It had previously been suggested a range of downsized petrol engines with capacities between 1.0 and 1.5-litres would be offered, with power outputs ranging from 115bhp to 162bhp.

MG chief, Dave Lindley and head of design, Tony Williams-Kenny are both directly involved with the European development programme. The car will offer substantially different trim and suspension settings from Chinese market models.

The MG5 is is likely to be offered only as a five-door hatchback. As its name suggest, it will be have dimensions between the MG6 and MG3, which will launch in early 2013.

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8 March 2012

Awesome!

Waiting for the debate...

8 March 2012

"MG chief, Dave Lindley and head of design, Tony Williams-Kenny are both directly involved with the European development programme. The car will offer substantially different trim and suspension settings from Chinese market models"

Well it will need bigger wheels to appeal to most people in Europe, otherwise I think it looks ok. It will need less doing to it than the MG3 will - The MG3 looks very underwheeled and the front end doesn't look that sporty.

Loved the 'Cropley visits Longbridge' feature in this weeks mag. I hope all the people on here who dismiss MG as 'another crappy chinese car' read the article. Although the new generation of MGs are designed to appeal to Chinese buyers, they are designed in the UK, and as Cropley will attest, engineered in the UK. So please stop with the Chinese guff.

8 March 2012

I remember hearing years ago, maybe on TG, that EU car regulations and demands to ever increase safety will result in car designs becoming increasingly similar to each other. This latest 'MG' incarnation proves this statement was correct. It could be an i30, C'eed, Astra, Focus etc. Perhaps a good sign for MG in that it isn't a disaster in terms of exterior aesthetics. However, the primary focus for MG now must be their engines.

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

8 March 2012

[quote PRODIGY]Waiting for the debate...[/quote]At the risk of disappointing you, Prodigy, can you remind me how to get an avatar onto my posts? Absent to me is the essential data. Thank you in anticipation of your kind help.

8 March 2012

[quote Los Angeles]At the risk of disappointing you, Prodigy[/quote]

You, Sir, never dissapoint me!

[quote Los Angeles]can you remind me how to get an avatar onto my posts? Absent to me is the essential data. Thank you in anticipation of your kind help[/quote]

Use a website like photobucket (there are others like imageshack but i find photobucket the best) and upload your photograph. Once uploaded, edit the picture to make it smaller (photobucket is fairly easy to navigate and you should easily be able to find the edit tools), you will then be asked if you want to make the edit a copy, or replace the original. Whichever you choose, you will then have a number of 'links' next to your uploaded picture. Click on the direct image link (will have [ img ] next to it), copy it, and paste it on here on the relevant section. Alternatively, find a small image on google, copy the URL (the address bar), paste it on here but add [ img ] before it and [ / img ] after (but without the spaces!

Hope that helps!

8 March 2012

[quote Autocar]The Chinese market model will be powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine producing around 105bhp. [/quote] Nope, that is a 1.5 lol, that will probably be changed as our engines (supposed to be shared with GM) will probably be direct injection, the Chinese 1.5 is indirect injection.

8 March 2012

[quote Rich_uk]I remember hearing years ago, maybe on TG, that EU car regulations and demands to ever increase safety will result in car designs becoming increasingly similar to each other. This latest 'MG' incarnation proves this statement was correct. It could be an i30, C'eed, Astra, Focus etc. Perhaps a good sign for MG in that it isn't a disaster in terms of exterior aesthetics[/quote]

This is indeed correct. Pedestrian Safety regualtions dictate how big the frontal area needs to be, so every manufacturer disguises the girth by clever design.

[quote Rich_uk]However, the primary focus for MG now must be their engines[/quote]

Definately, however the engines won't be sporty units like MGs of old. Those days are gone I would say.. thanks to fuel prices, the economy, green worries, e.t.c.

Diesel and small capacity petrols need to be available at launch. And 18months is too long.. get it over here in 12 months.

8 March 2012

[quote PRODIGY]Definately, however the engines won't be sporty units like MGs of old. Those days are gone I would say.. thanks to fuel prices, the economy, green worries, e.t.c[/quote]

I hope you're wrong, for MG's sake. MG needs a USP of sorts and 'sporty' is probably its best chance. By all means slap in the frugal, low capacity, low CO2 emitting engines but these will never compete with the best and probably struggle to be even middle of the road (like their current MG6 engine).

Therefore they should stick in a 200+bhp engine in as well and have something that people may possibly aspire to have. If they did, I bet you would buy it Prodigy ;)

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

8 March 2012

[quote Rich_uk]

[quote PRODIGY]Definately, however the engines won't be sporty units like MGs of old. Those days are gone I would say.. thanks to fuel prices, the economy, green worries, e.t.c[/quote]

I hope you're wrong, for MG's sake. MG needs a USP of sorts and 'sporty' is probably its best chance. By all means slap in the frugal, low capacity, low CO2 emitting engines but these will never compete with the best and probably struggle to be even middle of the road (like their current MG6 engine).

Therefore they should stick in a 200+bhp engine in as well and have something that people may possibly aspire to have. If they did, I bet you would buy it Prodigy ;)

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I hope i'm wrong too, but it is the current trend. I'm hoping too for a sporty version with around 200bhp and it may happen after the full range of models has found its feet. As Steven says, thanks to a tie up between SAIC and GM, there will be off the shelf engine options, so hopefully the same engine that powers the Astra VXR might make its way under the bonnet.

I believe that a sports car is in the plan, after the MG3, MG5, MG6, Crossover and maybe an MG7 have been released then we should see a new TF.

8 March 2012

[quote PRODIGY]

You, Sir, never dissapoint me!

[/quote]

You 'disappoint' me with your spelling, Prodigy!

Anyway, the car. I think it looks great, and I am very eagerly anticipating the smaller engines used in the MG5. I hope this car is more successful to Longbridge than the MG6, because it looks like it has lots of potential.

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