As excitement for the arrival of the MG heats up, official images of the five-door hatchback have been released recently. The MG5 will be launched in the UK market 18 months from now and will be offered in China very soon. From these pictures, we see that the C-segment-sized hatchback is equipped with angular headlights and it even has prominent creases along the bonnet and front wings.
The model intended for China will be powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine that delivers about 105bhp. European models will be offered with a lineup of engines, which is expected to have at least one diesel unit. There were speculations that it would be available with a range of downsized petrol engines with capacities between 1.0 and 1.5-litres.
Its power outputs range from 115bhp to 162bhp. Both MG chief Dave Lindley and head of design Tony Williams-Kenny are directly involved with the European development program.
This car offers trim and suspension settings that are significantly different from Chinese market models. It’s likely that the MG5 will be offered just as a five-door hatchback. The MG5 name implies that its dimensions will be between those of the MG6 and MG3, which will be launched in early 2013.
Already well-known across the world, MG Motor UK projects that its future will even be brighter as it will increase global sales by offering a wide range of new products. One of this is the five-seater sporty fastback known as the MG 6. This model was created with the intention of having a design that would best express the brand’s character while at the same time offer something new to the market. In particular, the MG 6 is the first vehicle to come from the brand since the release of its MG F sports car.
The official launch of the MG 6 was conducted during the 2009 Guangzhou Auto Show held in China. This location for the launch was chosen as China is considered as the largest auto market in the world. With the MG 6, MG Motor believes that it marks the start of an exciting future for the brand. After the launch in China, sales are expected to start by January. It will then be released to the U.K. market, and other markets around the world in 2010.
MG Motor UK Sales and Marketing Director Guy Jones commented that the launch of the MG 6 marks an important milestone not just for the brand but for the automotive industry in the U.K. Despite the MG 6 launched on the international scene, the model was first designed and later engineered in the U.K., he added. At present, the brand manufactures and sells the mid-engine MG TF on the U.K. market, Jones continued.
It will not be long before the brand will eventually increase the range of its products, he said further. In addition to the launch, MG Motor disclosed as well that the MG 6 to be sold in the Chinese market will be manufactured at its newest and most advanced facility located in Lingang, China, starting in December 2009. Production of this model will also be done at the Birmingham, U.K., plant and start by the later part of 2010.