MG 5 coming to the 2011 Shangai Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 7, 2011

British brand MG’s five-door hatchback, dubbed MG 5, will be revealed to the public at the upcoming Shanghai motor show. The MG 5 is expected to rival the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

MG will resume operations next week at its Longbridge plant, which assembles MG 6 models that are shipped from China when they’re 80% completed. The MG 6 model, which is priced comparably with the Golf and Focus, features longer wheelbase, larger cabin space, and bigger boot. But the MG 5’s pricing makes it more competitive.

In these leaked sketches, the car has been given ‘new MG’ features such as a front end that’s reminiscent of the Zero concept while from the profile, it looks almost like a crossover. The styling of this car, which is codenamed AP12, is being directed by UK-based MG design chief Tony Williams-Kenny.

The car is shown to have a glass roof with integrated spoiler as well as a diffuser that’s neatly integrated. Of course, these features will probably only be for the show car and if we’re lucky, they might be offered as options.

The AP12 will be built on the AP platform from SAIC (MG’s owner). This is the same platform that was first seen on the Roewe 350 saloon, which had its launching last year.

This car is available with 1.5 and 1.8-litre petrol powerplants. Buyers can also choose between five-speed manual and four-speed transmissions. Buyers may also opt for a turbocharged version of the smaller motor that is currently being developed. It delivers about 150bhp. Meanwhile, SAIC’s powertrain division located at the R&D facility in Longbridge is also developing two diesel variants.

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