By Manny N. de los Reyes
HAVING MADE its Philippine introduction down south with a debut appearance at the recent Cebu Auto Show, MG Philippines’ new subcompact sedan, the MG 5, now makes its Metro Manila premiere with a festive unveiling via concert show at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center last Thursday.
In attendance were TCCCI Chairman of the Board H.E. Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr., TCCCI President and CEO Atty. Albert Arcilla, TCCCI Executive Director Selene Yu, and MG Philippines officers, as well as members of the Philippine media, MG Philippines dealer partners, and bank partners.
The event highlighted the top-spec MG 5 CVT Alpha variant, while MG’s full product lineup of cars and SUVs was also exhibited, including the popular MG ZS crossover SUV, the functional and spacious RX5 SUV, and the stylish MG 6 fastback sedan. All four models currently in MG Philippines’ product line were made available for test drive.
A vintage 1974 MG B V8 in British Racing Green was also displayed on the event floor — a nod to MG’s rich British motoring heritage and the brand’s roots in the UK since 1924.
The event was punctuated by a special performance by popular OPM band Ben&Ben, who serenaded the audience with their chart-topping tunes.
The Manila launch of the MG 5 also coincided with the first anniversary of MG Philippines. It was only fitting that the unveiling of the MG 5, MG Philippines’ entrant into a very loaded subcompact sedan segment, aligned with this timely and significant milestone.
“We look forward with optimism as we launch our fourth new vehicle in the Philippine market in just under 12 months; a model that we believe will be a significant challenger in the large and highly competitive subcompact sedan segment,” said Mr. Arcilla.
“The MG 5 comes with a fuel-efficient 1.5-liter engine in four variants, is equipped with vehicle features that are found in more premium car segments, outstanding exterior and interior dimensions, and comes at very a competitive price point, making it one of the most attractive options in its category,” he added.
The MG 5 is a subcompact-priced sedan that has compact-size dimensions. It is the longest (4,601mm) and widest (1,788mm) model in its class, and also features the longest wheelbase (2,680mm), resulting in impressive legroom for both front and rear occupants of the car.
Underneath the hood of the MG 5 is a fuel-efficient, 1.5-liter, DOHC 16V, naturally aspirated engine that produces 114ps and a best-in-class torque output of 150Nm. The MG 5 is available with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT gearbox with manual mode.
Inside, a case can be made for the MG 5 being the best-equipped among its peers. Key first-in-segment features include a user-friendly 10-inch touchscreen infotainment head unit that can run both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; 360-degree vehicle view, which gives drivers a bird’s-eye view of their car, making it easier to negotiate tight parking spaces and obstructions in low speed traffic; a power driver’s seat for optimum comfort adjustment; and auto on/off LED headlamps.
Other safety and convenience highlights of the MG 5 include driver and passenger air bags, 4-wheel disc brakes, Hill Start Assist, Auto Brake Hold, push button engine start/stop, cruise control, electronic climate control, a tire pressure monitoring system, a reversing camera, and a sunroof for when the weather outside is pleasant.
The MG 5’s high-value proposition is further supplemented by MG Philippines’ premium after-sales offers and services. These include a 5-year or 100,000km warranty (whichever comes first), and 1-year free periodic maintenance service (PMS) to set your mind at ease. Aside from that, MG owners can also download the My MG mobile app, which allows them to easily schedule vehicle servicing appointments with their smartphones. They can also use the app to book a visit from MG Philippines’ Mobile Garage service caravan that provides MG owners with vehicle home service for major technical issues. MG HERO Services, on the other hand, provides 24/7 roadside support through the MG Philippines hotline (+632 5328-4664).
The all-new 2020 MG 5 is available in the following variants with the following retail prices: the entry-level 1.5 STD MT at P658,888, the 1.5 STD CVT at P718,888, the midrange 1.5 COM CVT at P848,888, and the top-of-the-line 1.5 DEL CVT at P938,888.
Visit www.mgmotor.com.ph/dealers for a list of authorized MG dealerships and for MG Philippines’ nationwide pop-up store schedule or www.mgmotor.com.ph/test-drive to book a test drive of the new MG 5 or any other MG model.
MG currently has 11 dealerships: MG BF Parañaque, MG EDSA Centris, MG Batangas, MG Carmona, MG Dasmariñas, MG Lipa, MG Sta. Rosa, MG Cebu Mandaue, MG Davao, MG Cabanatuan (sales office) and MG Iloilo (sales office), and will be opening seven more dealerships before the end of 2019 including MG Alabang, MG Commonwealth, MG Quezon Avenue, MG Pampanga, MG Cabanatuan, MG Iloilo, and MG Tacloban.