SAIC is readying a saloon version of the MG5 saloon, which will feature an in-house developed engine and gearbox
21 June 2013

MG will launch a saloon version of its MG5, according to Chinese media. The MG5 saloon will introduce an all-new engine and transmission, developed in-house by SAIC.

The new engine will be a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

Although little is known about the new engine, it is thought to develop around 127bhp and 147lb ft. Economy and performance are expected to be improved over the wheezy 108bhp unit offered in the MG5 hatchback.

The engine will be offered with an all-new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox which will be produced at SAIC’s facility in Anting, near Shanghai.

Autocar understands a decision is yet to be made to launch the MG5 in Europe; the company was initially enthusiastic about the idea, but has subsequently talked down any potential launch date. Instead bosses consider the forthcoming MG CS SUV to be a more profitable and popular model.

Our Verdict


The MG5 offers distinctive design, strong heritage and a well made interior but the entire package is let down by a poor drive train

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21 June 2013

Why are they developing a saloon version of a saloon?

21 June 2013

they aint, the MG5 is a hatchback, it is sloppy checking... tut tut  Autocar


22 June 2013

Looks like a 5-door hatch to me, but a moot point as it appears that SAIC (in its infinite wisdom) has decreed that a SUV will be more "profitable and popular" ... Just like its MG6 then ... And forthcoming MG3, with its "wheezy" engine ...

22 June 2013

So they've got the engine that should be in the MG3 in developement!,why not in the interim, like other car makers, go and by some other car makers engine (Nissan,Toyota ?) just till there own is ready.

Peter Cavellini.

4 April 2014
Dry Circuit - I want to drive it even even more


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