The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI) has been a long time distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the Philippines. This year however, their business portfolio has now expanded to two automakers as the company takes over the operations of MG in the Philippines.
Previously under White Knight Automobiles, TCCCI is going to make some major changes in the local MG range, expand the dealer network to 16 branches, as well as upgrade the service centers. To further boost the marque's presence in the Philippines, TCCCI will be setting up roadshows nationwide towards the end of the year and well into 2019.
With that, MG Philippines will have a total of six vehicles in the lineup by 2019. The initial range will consist of six models, consisting of a sedan, compact crossover, and a subcompact crossover.
Serving as the entry-level model of the local MG range is the ZS, their subcompact crossover. That puts it at the same class as the Ford EcoSport, Suzuki Vitara and Nissan Juke. Three variants are available with the manual-transmission Style, followed by the automatic Style, and is topped off by the Alpha. A 1.5-liter engine powers all the ZS models and it makes 114 PS and 150 Nm of torque.
Moving up the range is the MG 6, the lone sedan in the range for now. Competing in the compact sedan class, the MG 6 is set to go head to head against the likes of the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Mazda 3. Two grades are available upon launch with the Alpha as the base and the Trophy as the top of the line model. Both are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter mill with 162 PS and 250 Nm of torque. A seven-speed dual clutch transmission is standard on both.
At the top of the lineup sits the RX5 and will be in the same segment as the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and Subaru Forester. Like the MG 6, there are two model lines which are dubbed Core and Style in the case of the RX5. It also uses the same powertrain combination found in the MG 6 with its 1.5-liter turbo producing 162 PS and 250 Nm of torque, which is then paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Prices for the MG Philippines range are as follows:
MG ZS Style M/T: Php 818,888
MG ZS Style A/T: Php 868,888
MG ZS: Php 998,888
MG 6 Alpha: Php 1,068,888
MG 6 Trophy: Php 1,188,888
MG RX5 Core: Php 1,058,888
MG RX5 Style: Php 1,228,888