Macdroitwich lickbait correspondent ANNE GOSSIP gives the latest rumoured product from MG
Speculative reports from sources claiming to be familiar with the matter suggest that MG are planning to launch a small electric estate car on the UK market next year.
The new car will almost certainly be closely related – probably even a straight rebadge – to the Chinese market Roewe Ei5, which uses the platform of the Buick Excelle, a distant relative of the current Vauxhall Astra.
The Ei5 is fitted with an 85KW lithium ion motor that endows it with maximium torque of 255NM and an NEDC range of 186 miles. UK market range figures are now calculated using the WLTP cycle which will mean a less impressive headline figure. For comparison, the MG ZS EV has a NEDC range figure of 208 miles and a WLTP range figure of 163 miles, so any UK market MG Ei5 would have a range below that of the MG ZS EV, which may be considered comparatively disappointing.
Rumours are unclear on whether the purported new arrival will be restyled for the UK market. Common sense would suggest this is unlikely on cost grounds, unless the new product was to be sold in China. In other markets MG haven't been above doing straight re-badges of Roewe and even Maxus products. In some markets Roewe products like the i5 and RX5 are sold with MG badges. In Bahrain, the i5 Saloon on which the Ei5 is based on is sold as the MG5. Perhaps the UK will follow that naming convention and we will finally receive the MG5 having missed out on the first generation model?
Coming in at 4554mm long and 1818mm wide, the Ei5 is sized similarly to the familiar Volkswagen Golf Estate and would be unique among electric cars on the UK market as an estate. A standard model – the i5 Cross – is soon to launch in China with the 1.5 Turbo from the MG GS, but one would suspect that is unlikely to come here.
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MG to launch MG5 EV small electric estate in 2020?
Anne Gossip 23rd August 2019
The Bahrain market MG5 is a rebadged Roewe i5 saloon, will the putative Ei5 derivative be the same?
Whilst some will welcome MG offering a conventional family car alongside their MG SUVs, enthusiasts may be somewhat disappointed that it is a – possibly somewhat dowdily styled – electric estate car rather than the more rakish new MG6. That car comes as a plug-in hybrid version named the Trophy 305 that can hit 100km/h in less than 6 seconds. Exactly the kind of thing that would return some much missed sting to the MG brand in Britain.
What is also unclear is whether there is substance to this rumour. In the past, such MG rumours have often proved to be baseless lickbait with claims of X vehicle or Y engine being fitted to Z vehicle for the UK market proving to be inaccurate.
Reports from the MG ZS EV launch are that MG do plan to launch up-to four further alternative fuel vehicles by 2021 including the much-ballyhooed production version of the MG e-Motion concept car, two MG PHEVs and another pure MG EV. Pending confirmation from MG Motor UK it's anyone's guess whether the Ei5 will be amongst these.
Will the Ei5 come to Britain? Is there a niche for MG to attack with an electric wagon? It’s probably bollocks. Have your say on the forum.
Macdroitwich news correspondent JOHN SANDIE reports on what is shaping up to be MG Motor’s first BIG TITTED HIT
“Impossible to recommend” and “rotten to the core” screamed the red ink of journalistic reviews of the MG6 as monthly sales figures bobbed around single digits. Panned by reviewers, ignored by customers, MG Motor UK and the 6 were a standing joke by 2012.
Seven years later, MG are in better fettle and the new MG ZS EV has been received rather differently by reviewers. “A real alternative to the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf” beamed Auto Express and What Car – normally about as pleasant to MGs as a broken glass enema – gave the new car four stars and predicted it to be “the most sought after MG in decades.”
Impending facelift for 2020 - An MG ZS with NEW more powerful engine?
Anne Gossip 29thAugust 2019
Tittle-tattle merchant Anne Gossip has more Lickbait for Macdroitwich
It seems like only yesterday that the MG ZS crossover hit the UK market, but next week's Chengdu motorshow will see the unveiling of the car's mid-life facelift.
Opening on the 5th September, the 2020 MG ZS will be amongst a raft of new launches at Chengdu. Styling upgrades see the existing car's Mazda-inspired grille makes way for a new honeycomb design more reminiscent of that fitted to the latest Fords as MG's designers endeavour to make the car look sportier. The front bumper also takes on a more aggressive aesthetic.