MG5 has been launched in Australia as the most affordable sedan in the market, priced from just $24,990 drive-away. This converts into PKR 46.88 lac which makes it less expensive than the Suzuki Swift GLX we have here (PKR 49.6 lac) and in close proximity to Suzuki Cultus AGS (PKR 43.66 lac).
In Australia, the MG 5 is offered in two trim levels, each with different equipment levels and drivetrains. The MG 5 (also known as MG GT in certain markets) will compete directly with the likes of the Hyundai i30 (Elantra), Toyota Corolla, Kia Cerato (Forte), and Mazda 3 in the Australian market. These sedans are priced between $26,000 and $30,320 AUD which makes the MG5 considerably cheaper than the competition.
The entry-level MG 5 Vibe features a 1.5L naturally aspirated engine with outputs of 113hp and 150Nm, powering the front wheels via a CVT gearbox. The flagship MG 5 Essence, priced at $28,990 drive-away, steps up performance with a 1.5L turbocharged engine producing 160hp and 250Nm and comes paired with a 7-speed DCT gearbox. Fuel economy is rated at 17.5 km per liter for 1.5L and 16.9 km per liter for the turbo variant.
In terms of features, the base MG5 Vibe variant gets 16-inch wheels, LED headlights and DRLS, rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, a 10-inch infotainment system, a semi-digital instrument cluster, single-zone air-conditioning, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated side mirrors, a 4-speaker audio system, keyless entry and push-button start, leather-accented upholstery, rear air vents, manual cruise control, 6-way manual driver’s seat adjustments, 4-way manual passenger seat adjustment, front seatbelt reminder, and TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) to name a few.
The flagship Essence variant offers everything that the Vibe has but adds 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-accented steering wheel, Eco drive mode, a 6-speaker audio system with 3D effect, a 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with manual lumbar support, power-folding side mirrors, ‘Sport-tuned’ electronic stability control, 360-degree camera system, power sunroof, and front & rear seatbelt reminders.
In terms of safety, the MG 5 comes standard with 6 airbags (front, side, and curtain), ABS with EBD, and low-speed autonomous emergency braking. Both MG 5 variants are covered by the brand’s 7-year/ unlimited-kilometer warranty.
MG5 in Pakistan
Last month, MG invited selected auto journalists for a visit to their plant and revealed their future plans for the Pakistani market. According to Asif Ahmed, the General Manager Marketing Division at MG Pakistan, the first MG sedan for Pakistani consumers might be the MG GT. However, Asif mentioned the MG GT as a 1600cc car while not giving any specific timeline regarding the launch of the vehicle.
It will be too soon to speculate on the MG GT’s anticipated pricing as well as its intended equipment and engine for the Pakistani market. But one thing is for sure, it won’t come as cheap as it is there in Australia. Still, if MG is able to price it around the top-spec Toyota Yaris or Honda City (which cost approximately Rs 6.0 million) the MG GT might be able to attract buyers in decent numbers who have ample money to spend on a sedan in this price range.
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