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New Pics Of the MG5

Anyone come across these before?

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http://v.auto.163.com/video/2012/3/1/I/V7RI9UH1I.html

Really good review video above too, looks amazing in red and the interior looks good too - though the silver plastic trim looks very cheap.
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That looks really really good! I much prefer that to, say, the Focus or Astra! It's a damn shame that this wasn't the car to relaunch MG
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That IS really nice. I want one so bad!
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nice, but by the time it gets over here it will look dated...just look at what Kia and Hyundai are doing now.
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nice, but by the time it gets over here it will look dated...just look at what Kia and Hyundai are doing now.
Theres a new Hyundai that I keep seeing, maybe the i20, a really sporty looking version and its well sexy!!
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styling i would describe as ok if a little mundane, not overly keen on the back, however its better than the MG3 which i am particlarly unimpressed with, take a Fabia which I hate styling wise add fiesta bumpers and the standard MG grille, and hey presto.
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Interior looks to be coming along nicely but the rear end is still vile, will need work for Europe as it's just about on the current styling trends but will be old hat by the time it actually goes on sale...

Please please do something about the bootlid and rear bumper for Europe-spec cars!
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Great pics, they really give a good idea to the details however they also puzzle me.

What's happened to the wheel arch liners?

Why have they gone back to having a key instead of that button fob on the 6?

Why have they gone back to a normal handbrake (hurrah) rather than that thing on the 6?

I loved the concept 5 but I'm no longer impressed at all with the 5 - the rear really ruins the exterior and the interior looks overly plastic although to be fair so do alot of new cars these days. The side & lower dash plastic looks exactly like the same rough plastic on the door pockets of Rover 200/25 and the door cards don't seem to fair much better. Even the Rover 25 had soft rubber like coated plastic on their door cards but these look coarse, brittle and cheap.

Apart from the handbrake they seem to have taken a step back from the 6 with the interior.
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Not impressed Imo...

I can see the performance of the cars going up dramatically however appearance wise I can see MG going along with the general population of cars...

Such as small cars etc nothing unique

Which is a bit of a shame in my opinion
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Just had a proper look at all the pics, very impressed, this could be on sale here today and it would fit in very well with the class (awaits plethora of nay sayers telling me it won't be here for 2 years....)

The plastics actually look very well finished but unfortunately the camera man has used a pretty intense flash on most pics and this is always a problem on textured finishes. Thats why most PR car interior shots are usually CGI!

I think this looks great and especially great in white.
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three door, 1.8 litre turbo, manual, bigger wheels.

all of the above and i would buy one in a flash.
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Even the Rover 25 had soft rubber like coated plastic on their door cards
Only the early ones.
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Great pics, they really give a good idea to the details however they also puzzle me.

What's happened to the wheel arch liners?

Why have they gone back to having a key instead of that button fob on the 6?

Why have they gone back to a normal handbrake (hurrah) rather than that thing on the 6?

I loved the concept 5 but I'm no longer impressed at all with the 5 - the rear really ruins the exterior and the interior looks overly plastic although to be fair so do alot of new cars these days. The side & lower dash plastic looks exactly like the same rough plastic on the door pockets of Rover 200/25 and the door cards don't seem to fair much better. Even the Rover 25 had soft rubber like coated plastic on their door cards but these look coarse, brittle and cheap.

Apart from the handbrake they seem to have taken a step back from the 6 with the interior.
Bear in mind that its the Chinese spec and that the UK version may well get interior changes, like the 6 did.

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Bear in mind that its the Chinese spec and that the UK version may well get interior changes, like the 6 did.
Has anyone suggested: that car needs bigger wheels?

Actually, if there was one thing that MG Rover did, they knew the sports hatch segment really very well, and sold cars whos wheels filled the arches and look extremely purposeful. Even the "lowly" 1.4 looked as good as the 160 - bar a bit of body attenda and different style wheels. This was genius.

I hope that MG in the UK (and Europe eventually) can refocus their cars towards the enthusiast driver's market. That's where MG's niche lies. MGs have never been mass market, and perhaps if that is the market SAIC want to crack, it may be time to consider reviving one of the heritage brands. Morris might be neat, although with Longbridge being the production base, an Austin would be a better idea.

I know they won't do this, of course. Reestablishing MG is proving hard enough without trying to revive a long-dead brand - and it's very expensive. But in the long, long term? I think this is a better idea - better even than trying to launch Roewe over here.

Hmm - not sure where that tangent came from - sorry. Back to big wheels on the MG5...
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The 6 needs that front end! Not sure on the bonnet lines though
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The 6 needs that front end! Not sure on the bonnet lines though
No it doesn't.
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I really liked the concept pictures of the MG5 but that reminds me of a Vauxhall Corsa...

All I hope is that when they bring out the UK version it will look more like the concept. The chinese are limited to a 1.8 105bhp version, so I'm assuming the sportier one here will have a few changes.
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I really liked the concept pictures of the MG5 but that reminds me of a Vauxhall Corsa...

All I hope is that when they bring out the UK version it will look more like the concept. The chinese are limited to a 1.8 105bhp version, so I'm assuming the sportier one here will have a few changes.
1.8 105? Where've you got that from?
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"The Chinese market car will be driven by a 1.8-litre petrol engine producing around 105bhp. European versions will have a variety of engines, which MG desires will include no less than one diesel unit. It had previously already been recommended a range of downsized petrol engines between 1.0 and 1.5-litres and would be available, with power outputs ranging from 115bhp up to 162bhp."

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