Real-life pictures of the MG 5 EV have popped up online ahead of its Q4 2020 launch in the United Kingdom, courtesy twitter.com user higgin_Ben. The pictures show an MG 5 EV with UK registration but strangely a left-hand drive configuration. Do note that Britain, like India is a right-hand drive country.
As expected, the MG 5 electric estate is nothing more than a rebadged Roewe Ei5. The European and Chinese versions have no differences whatsoever except for the badge. According to a new report from autocar.co.uk, the UK will get the MG 5 electric estate in Excite and Exclusive trims costing GBP 23,995 (INR 22,71,255.53) and GBP 26,495 (INR 25,07,893.95) respectively. These prices will include the government’s plug-in vehicle grant.
In a related development, a recent CarAdvice.com.au report insinuates that MG does not have an elaborate global rollout plan for its electric station wagon at least for now. With few RHD (Right Hand Drive) markets globally that can offer meaningful volumes, MG is not exploring every one of them, and could lock-in on the UK to derive its volumes. The company has ruled out launching the MG5 in Australia where the brand enters the EV market with the ZS EV this year. Estates, in general, have been losing popularity with the emergence of high-riding crossover-SUVs.
The MG 5 SW EV has been listed on the MG UK website for prospective customers to register their interest. The webpage confirms several local specifications. These include 214 miles (344 km) of WLTP combined range, 276 miles (444 km) of WLTP city range, 17.5 kWh/100 km of combined energy consumption and 578 litres of luggage space, which can be increased to 1,456 litres by folding down the rear seats.
|Aspect||MG 5 SW EV Specification|
|Length (est.)||4,544 mm|
|Width (est.)||1,818 mm|
|Height (est.)||1,536 mm|
|Wheelbase (est.)||2,665 mm|
|Trunk Capacity||578 litres (seats up)/1,456 litres (seats down)|
|Battery Pack Capacity||52.5 kWh|
|Power||85 kW (115.57 PS)|
|Combined Range (WLTP)||214 miles (344 km)|
|City Range (WLTP)||276 miles (444 km)|
|Combined Power Consumption||17.5 kWh/100 km (3.6 miles/kWh)|
The base of the MG 5 SW – the Chinese Roewe Ei5 – measures 4,544 mm in length, 1,818 mm in width and 1,536 mm in height and has a 2,665 mm wheelbase. These figures are expected to apply to the MG-badged estate as well. The Chinese-spec car accelerates from nought to 50 km/h in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 150 km/h. Fully charging its battery pack using a standard charger takes 8.5 hours. A DC fast charger can be used to charge the battery pack to 80% capacity in just 40 minutes, though.
The MG 5 SW estate should be offered with features like LED headlights, DRLs and taillights, electric sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, PM 2.5 air filter, 6-way power driver seat with manual lumbar support, front seat heating, rear foot ventilation, etc. Several advanced driving assistance technologies are also expected, including LDW (Lane Departure Warning), AEB (Automatic Emergency Braking), FCW (Forward Collision Warning) and SAS (Speed Assist System).
Video courtesy: Automotive Solutions
MG 5 SW EV Price
The MG 5 EV price in the UK could start at around GBP 25,000 (INR 24,28,630.50) after subsidies. It should be offered in multiple variants in due course suited to a variety of customers and needs.
The MG 5 electric estate currently has no direct competitor in the UK in 2020. It will be the only electric station wagon on sale in the country when it arrives at the end of this year. Electric cars in the UK usually come in hatchback (Honda e, Nissan Leaf, VW e-Up! & Mini electric), sedan (Hyundai Ioniq & Tesla Model 3) and SUV body types (Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron and Hyundai Kona). MG is the first company to have identified the need for a zero-emissions station wagon that is preferred by fleet operators and families which travel with a lot of luggage.
ElectricVehicleWeb will update this page as and when information is released.
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