This is the 2021 MG 5, and it looks like an Italian sedan

Updated Oct 26, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

MG’s compact sedan offering gets a more premium-looking design. 

Apart from the ZS subcompact crossover, the MG 5 compact sedan is another bankable model for the Chinese-owned British marque, offering a combination of functionality and elegance that’s hard to match in its class. If we had to nitpick just one aspect, the exterior styling looks a little too sedate for a brand that wants to upend the prevailing status quo. 

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The MG 5 subcompact sedan comes out with an all-new face for 2021

MG has remedied this with the all-new 2021 version, swinging to the other end of the scale in providing a more visually-exciting exterior. The model was recently launched in China, ahead of its scheduled debut at this year’s Beijing Auto Show.

Whereas the current edition was merely a rebadged Roewe i5 (Roewe being part of the same SAIC automotive family as MG), it looks like MG asserted its influence more on the new model in terms of aesthetics.

Up front lies a restyled fascia, with a nose that dips more noticeably towards the ground. Sleeker new LED headlamps flank the revised grille, which does away with the horizontal chromed slats in lieu of more vertically-oriented dividers. The redesign echoes models made by Italian luxury automaker Maserati, exuding a considerably more premium feel. 

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It's apparent that there's a little bit of the MG 6 in there

The profile of the new MG 5 more closely follows the silhouette of the MG 6, complete with a roofline that slopes practically all the way to the rear edge where a new pair of LED tail lamps awaits. Even the twin tail exhaust outlets mirror those on the sportier fastback, although those on the new MG 5 are merely vestigial.

MG has likely gone for a sportier treatment of the cabin as well, with the driver’s seat facing a new digital gauge cluster just beyond the hefty leather-clad steering wheel. A new infotainment system is also offered as standard, which is expected to retain the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities found on the current model.

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Beyond the leather steering wheel lies a new digital gauge cluster

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As with the Chinese-market Roewe i5, the new MG 5 is available with either a 1.5L naturally-aspirated gasoline motor that makes 112 hp and 150 Nm of torque, or a turbocharged version that puts out 173 hp. Transmission options include a five-speed manual gearbox and a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

After its public debut at the Beijing Auto Show, the 2021 MG 5 will be available to Chinese customers before yearend. If MG Philippines plays its cards right and brings the refreshed MG 5 over to our shores, it could have another winner on its hands.

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<p>The new MG 5 is a subcompact sedan marketed to compete with mainstream models today like the Toyota Vios, the Honda City, Hyundai Reina, and the Kia Soluto. This ruggedly handsome vehicle boasts an intimidating front and back that matches its semi athletic body. Locally, it is available in several variants such as the MG 5 1.5 Core MT, the MG 5 1.5 Core CVT, the MG 5 1.5 Style CVT, and the MG 5 1.5 Alpha CVT. For color options, you may choose from Black, Carbon Grey Metallic, and White. Also available to spice up the roads are Red, Blue, and Gold.</p>

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

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