The current MG RX5 crossover has been on the market for quite some time now. It’s also one of the few models in the brand’s lineup that has yet to receive a design update, as both the ZS and the MG6 were refreshed last year.
Well now it’s finally out: this is the refreshed MG RX5 crossover.
Okay, it doesn’t say MG on the badges because it’s the Roewe RX5 Plus. But badges aside, it is the same vehicle marketed under the British brand owned by SAIC. Compared to the outgoing model, the updated RX5 adopts a very aggressive and trades chrome for gloss black accents. The most notable feature would be the large grille flanked by a pair of sharp LED headlights. Large intakes on the lower half of the bumper add an even sportier look to the crossover. The silver faux skid plate has also been deleted.
There aren't a lot of changes on the side of the vehicle. The strong character line that runs the length of the body is retained. Noticeably, it is fitted with a redesigned side skirt. It’s a similar story at the rear as the most noticeable changes include redesigned LED taillights. Though a bit less obvious, the rear bumper is also new with trapezoid-shaped exhausts.
Inside, the changes are more profound compared to the exterior. The dashboard is all-new, featuring slimmer air-conditioning vents. A large touchscreen extends then from the dashboard down to the center console. The 14.1-inch unit controls both infotainment and other cabin functions such as air-conditioning. The rest of the center console has been redesigned as well with a smaller gear selector. In front of the driver sits a new steering wheel while the analog gauges have been ditched in favor of a fully digital 12.3-inch display; it is 2021, after all.
Under the hood, the crossover continues to use the same 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine rated at 173 PS and 275 Nm torque Depending on the variant, the crossover is available with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic gearbox. All that power is sent to the front wheels.
With the refreshed RX5, or Roewe RX5 Plus, now out in China, it should only be a matter of time before the MG reveals their version of the crossover. Hopefully, it makes its way to the Philippines soon after.