Tuesday May 3rd, 2011 21:09 MG Unveil New MG5 Concept

MG5 Concept Car

The 2011 Shanghai Motor Show saw the unveiling of MG’s new MG5 Concept car. Expected to be available in the UK from mid-2013, the MG5 will slot into the range beneath the recently released MG6, and will be seen as a more conventional rival to the Ford Focus than the slightly larger MG6.

Designed at MG Birmingham by Tony Williams-Kenny and his team of designers, the five-door hatchback is aimed at a “more mature and sophisticated audience” than the ‘supermini’ MG Zero Concept.

Among its main features, the MG6 includes “LED head cluster lights, a rear spoiler to improve stance and aerodynamics with a sophisticated sporty look and feel.”

The MG5 will initially be powered by the existing NSE petrol engine range of 1.3 and 1.8-litre engines, but is expected to get a new range of downsized petrol engines in 2014. These are currently being developed by General Motors in conjunction with MG’s Chinese owners, SAIC.

Although a decision on whether the MG5 will be produced at Longbridge has not been announced yet, the MG5, in addition to the other models in MG’s expanding range, will certainly help to make the brand a more prominent figure in the UK car market.

The MG5 was just one of a whole host of models unveiled by MG at the Shanghai Motor Show. Seven other models, ranging from the budget supermini MG3 to an electric car and a rear wheel drive sports car, were announced. Due to feasibility studies only just starting, the sports car will not be launched until 2016 at the earliest, though MG say it will “invoke the spirit of the MGB.”

With the unveiling of the MG5 Concept and other models, the next five years promise to be an exciting time for MG enthusiasts everywhere.

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