MG One sets sights on Kia Seltos, Ford Territory
The ZS and the RX5 are two of MG's most popular crossover models, and those are the only crossover models we get in the Philippines from MG. Now, another crossover joins the brand's growing lineup.
Meet the 2022 MG One.
The One, as you can see from the images, is a small crossover SUV from MG. More importantly it will compete against some of the more popular models from other brands like the Ford Territory and Kia Seltos. It measures 4579mm long, 1866mm wide, 1601 tall, with a wheelbase of 2670mm. With that, it's roughly the same size as the Ford Territory, Kia Seltos, and other (somewhat) compact models.
MG One adopts the brand's latest styling language, which was first seen on the restyled MG5 and MG6. Interestingly, customers will have two designs to choose from (alpha and beta). Both of them, however, feature an aggressive front with a large grille flanked by sharp headlights. There's also a sloping hood to further accent the crossover's sporty design. The main difference would be the grille and bumper design, with one having a larger full-width grille, while the other adopts a sportier design.
At the rear, there's a unique texture on the C-pillar. The rear end looks somewhat similar to the Pilot, featuring wraparound LED taillights. The bumper features an integrated diffuser and a pair of faux exhaust tips molded into it. We suspect the black-roof and red calipers are touches available on higher-trim variants.
Unfortunately, MG has yet to reveal the new crossover's interior layout. Photos of the crossover's cabin will be introduced at a later date.
While the MG One might look like a smaller MG Pilot (which our market doesn't have), it is the first model to use SAIC's new SIGMA platform. Under the hood, the MG One uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill with 181 horsepower.
The big question, though, is this: Will we see the new MG One in the Philippines? Our assessment is: very likely.
MG Philippines actually shared photos of the crossover before its global debut. It's likely a sign of what's to come from the automaker. Better yet, the turbocharged 1.5-liter powertrain of the crossover allows it to benefit from the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA).
What do you think of the MG One? Is it the right one, or should the automaker bring in a different model?