Monday 10 August 2020

MG to launch new compact sedan in Middle East

DUBAI, July 29, 2019

British automotive brand MG Motor has confirmed that the new MG5 will go on sale across the Middle East in August.

The model will be available from $9,900 for the entry level model and go up to $12,600 (excluding VAT) for the top of the range, said a statement from the company.

Ensuring that the region’s car buyers will no longer have to compromise when choosing a compact sedan, the new MG5 brings together spacious sporty styling with an impressive list of hi-tech features and entertaining performance and handling, it said.

The arrival of the new model is the latest stage in the exciting expansion of the British-born brand’s Middle East car lineup, and comes at a time when more customers in the region are buying MG cars than ever before.

The new MG5 is totally new from the ground-up, with a sporty look that perfectly suits those with an active lifestyle. At the front, the lightening blade design LED headlights, daytime running lights and chrome Wingspan grille make a strong visual statement, while the double curve of the side panels serves to accentuate the new model’s sports credentials.

Designed with the tech-savvy millennial audience in mind, the vehicle is equipped with a raft of cutting-edge features. The on-board infotainment system includes a 10.1-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Cruise control comes as standard, while push button start, keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, electrically adjustable seats with manual lumbar support for both driver and passenger, a rear-view camera and a 360o surround-view camera for ultimate safety are also available, depending on model.

Despite sitting in the highly competitive compact sedan sector, the MG5 is particularly roomy. At 4601 mm long, 1818 mm wide, 1489 mm high, and with a 2680 mm wheelbase and 512 litre boot, the new model benefits from best-in-class interior space.

It also offers a premium travel experience courtesy of the carefully designed, extra-comfy seats and use of soft-touch material around the cabin.

In the Middle East, the MG5 will come with a lively yet efficient 1.5 l petrol engine delivering max power of 118hp and up to 150 Nm of torque, and mated to a fuel efficient CVT. An entertaining driving experience is bolstered by MG’s XDS system for enhanced cornering, a choice of three steering models and ESP traction control across all trims.

Superb handling is further prioritised by the fitment of Michelin tyres available in the lux trim.

Ready to tackle the challenges offered by the Middle East’s roads, the MG5 is big on safety. Passive safety features include a high-tensile steel cage-style body, the use of advanced laser brazing technology to enhance overall vehicle strength and stiffness powered by curtain airbags. An auto-hold function, ABS, EBD and a corner brake control all contribute to active safety.

Tom Lee, managing director for SAIC Motor Middle East, parent company of MG Motor’s Middle East operations, said: “The arrival of the new MG5 is yet another signal of our commitment to car buyers in the Middle East.”

“We have been steadily making its mark over the past couple of years by offering customers an increasingly diverse range of models, equipped with unparalleled levels of advanced features and at prices that are hard to match,” he said.

“With the MG5, we are taking things up another level and making a real statement of intent. This new model is a true game changer, and will be pitched directly against less well-equipped models from the established brands. With an extremely competitive price, in a segment that is dominated by fleet sales, the model is a true challenger model that will hold great appeal among its young target customers,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service


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