It seems MG Philippines will be bringing another sedan to the local market. While the automaker already offers the MG 5, having another four-door in their lineup wouldn’t exactly hurt. Besides, it could directly compete against the Geely Emgrand which is also becoming a popular sight on the road.
Thanks to JM Magno who recently sent us pictures and information, we now have an idea as to what MG Philippines plans to launch soon. It’s the MG GT, and there are already units of the stylish sedan in the country.
The first units of the new MG GT were supposedly spotted at MG’s stockyard in Subic. Almost all of the units still lack LTO Conduction Stickers and are still mostly covered. What’s more striking is the fact that several units of the MG GT are sitting alongside the MG 5.
First launched two years ago in China (also revealed in Thailand last year), the MG GT is essentially the swankier and cooler cousin of the MG 5. Featuring the brand’s latest design language, the sedan comes with a coupe-like shape that is dominated by a large front grille, sharp LED headlights, and a sloping roofline.
The official specifications for the local-spec MG GT are not yet available. However, since it looks just like the model that was launched in The Land of Smiles last year, we won’t be surprised if it will have the same measurements or equipment list. Over in Thailand, the MG GT (called the MG 5 over there) is 4675mm long, 1842mm wide, and 1480mm tall. It also has a 2680mm wheelbase and comes with 17-inch alloy wheels.
Compared to the MG 5 we have, the GT is 74mm longer and 24mm wider but is slightly shorter in height. Wheelbase, on the other hand, is similar to the MG 5. Thanks to the increase in size, the MG GT is now slightly longer and wider than the Toyota Corolla Altis.
Under the hood, the MG GT for the PH market will apparently be powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine. It puts out 114 PS at 6000 rpm along with 150 Nm of torque. If those figures look familiar, that’s because it’s the same engine that currently drives the MG 5. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a CVT with an 8-speed manual mode.
Another interesting bit of information our source shared with us is that the MG GT will also be available with a turbocharged engine. There are no exact details yet regarding the turbo model, but based on international versions, the turbocharged version is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 175 PS and 275 Nm of torque. Instead of a CVT, the turbocharged model is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
For now, the sole variant of the MG GT is the Alpha which will apparently retail for PHP 995,888. If the price is accurate, it will undercut top-of-the-line variants of the Geely Emgrand, Honda City, Nissan Almera, and Toyota Vios.
It’s still too early to tell if MG Philippines will discontinue the MG 5 once they officially launch the all-new MG GT which will reportedly be arriving at dealerships either later this year or in early 2023. However, MG could still continue selling the MG 5 alongside the sportier MG GT. The company has been doing this with the ZS / ZS T models wherein the pre-facelift ZS is being sold with the turbocharged (and refreshed) ZS T.