The MG brand may be popular for crossovers like the ZS and the RX5. But the automaker is also known for its budget sedan, the MG 5. And for 2021, the MG 5 gets an all-new look.
After its global launch at the Beijing Auto Show last year, the 2021 MG 5 is set to make its ASEAN debut in Thailand. It features a completely different look both inside and out. Compared to the current model, the new MG 5 gets a sportier and more upmarket design than the current offering.
Starting with the most obvious, the MG 5 dons a more aggressive look. It gets a sleek set of headlights, a large black front grille, claw-like LED headlights, stylish 17-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, and a sloping roofline akin to a coupe. Paired with the striking yellow hue, and the new MG 5 sort of looks like a Maserati or Mercedes-AMG.
In terms of size, the new MG 5 is a lot bigger. It now measures 4675mm long, 1842mm wide, 1480mm tall, and has a 2680mm wheelbase. Compared to the current model sold in the Philippines, the new one is 74mm longer, 24mm wider but is shorter by 9mm shorter in height. Wheelbase remains the same.
On top-of-the-line models, the MG 5 gets two-tone leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a digital instrument panel, digital air-conditioning with rear vents for the rear passengers, push-button start, touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and keyless entry.
Similar to before, a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four engine powers the MG 5. It continues to make 114 PS, along with 150 Nm of torque. Over in Thailand, the MG 5 is only mated to a CVT transmission with 8 simulated gear ratios when in manual mode.
When it comes to safety, the MG 5 has plenty available. It comes with anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, hill-start assist, stability control with traction control, cruise control, and 6 airbags. Other smart safety systems available include a reverse camera with collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist system, 360-degree all-around view camera, and speed-sensing door locks.
The new MG 5 is scheduled to make its Thai debut on July 20, 2021. With it, could the Philippines be next in line to get the new MG 5? Perhaps, as the current model is about to turn two years old this September.
We’re hoping that MG Philippines offers the new four-door sedan in the same striking colors as shown in Thailand.