About a year ago, MG unveiled the second-generation MG5. Next to the present model, the all-new car looks nothing like the ones sitting in showrooms at the moment. When it comes to redesigns, it wasn't just revolutionary, it was radical. This means we will get this model soon, right? That might not be the case. Here's why.
The MG5 we have in the country is the export version of the Roewe i5. Since Roewe does not have the same brand equity as its sister company, the i5 gets badged as an MG. Because of that, the next MG5 we could get isn't the rakish and sporty-looking fastback shown last year. Instead, it might be the heavily updated version of the current model.
That said, you shouldn't be too disappointed if you were hoping for the rakish and radical version. If you take a look at the i5's stats and features, you might end up liking this one as well. The i5 might not look as extreme as the all-new MG5, but it looks more aggressive than the ones sitting in showrooms right now.
In some ways, the i5 breaks current trends by having a slimmer grille compared to the current model. It also has longer and more dynamic-looking headlights. Because of all these changes, the bumper needed a redesign, and the result makes it look like an all-new car from the front. Add an MG badge on the nose and you can easily turn this i5 into an MG5.
As for the rear, it should be a familiar sight to current MG5 owners. The shape of the taillights are still the same. However, there is a new pattern within the clusters and higher-spec versions have dynamic turn signals. The trunk lid is also new with a more rounded-off edge.
For those with the current MG5, the interior of the updated i5 is a pleasant surprise. It's not often a minor model change brings with it a redesigned interior, but that is exactly what happened here. The dashboard was completely redesigned with a floating infotainment screen and a driver-oriented center stack.
Also new for 2021 are the steering wheel, center console, and door panels. The infotainment menu features a redesigned interface, likely to enhance user experience. Select variants even come with a built-in drive recorder or dashcam. In tune with the times, high-grade models get a digital instrument cluster.
There is only one engine choice available for now. It is a 1.5-liter, naturally aspirated engine much like before. However, the one in the heavily updated version has slightly more horsepower. From 114 PS in the current model, it now goes up to 120 PS. Torque is retained at 150 Nm. The transmission options include a five-speed manual or CVT.
With the way the new i5 looks, we wouldn't mind if MG Philippines brought in its rebadged version over here. Of course, it would be quite the shocker if they send over the sporty-looking version instead.