Along with the MG Marvel R Electric, a new MG5 Electric (new MG5 EV) with a fresher design and improved range debuted digitally in March 2021. At that time, SAIC said that it will launch the restyled MG5 Electric in Europe in October 2021. Now, the timetable stands revised, and the new model will start arriving in dealerships in Q1 2022 (January-March 2022).
Design & Features
Source: MG Motor Europe/Youtube; MG5 presentation starts at 17:17
Compared to the current version, the 2022 MG5 EV has a cleaner design that makes it instantly recognisable. At the front, the new model incorporates a specially designed nose without a large faux radiator grille, unlike the current model. The sleeker headlamps, vertical side air vents, and newly designed bumper give the new electric estate a sharper and bolder appearance.
Shiny new alloy wheels enhance the styling on the sides. At the rear, visual changes include tweaked combination lamps, a new bumper, and triangular faux air outlets housing smaller light reflectors.
The 2022 MG5 has a more contemporary design in the cabin. The new dashboard is sleek and stylish, featuring blue inserts, slimmer and repositioned AC vents, a fully digital instrument cluster instead of a semi-digital unit, a new, floating touchscreen infotainment system called ‘iSmart,’ and a modern floor console. Overall, the new interior is cleaner and makes the cabin richer. The bright upholstery on the dashboard and seats sets a more vibrant tone and complements the refreshed design of the interior.
The 2022 MG5 EV’s features include MG Pilot advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and V2L (at 2.5 kW) as well. The new model will be available in Comfort and Luxury trims.
Compared to the current MG5 EV, the 2022 MG5 EV has significant changes when it comes to specifications. Firstly, instead of the 52.5 kWh, it will be available with a 50.3 kWh battery pack. The optional Long Range battery pack is the same 61.1 kWh unit. The revised standard-range battery pack will deliver a range of 320 km or 199 miles on the WLTP cycle. The Long Range battery pack will allow travelling 400 km or 249 miles on a full charge on the WLTP cycle.
Another important upgrade in the new MG5 EV is an 11 kW 3-phase on-board charger, which allows fast-charging from 0 to 80% SoC in just 30 minutes. The electric motor is the same 115 kW (154 bhp)/260 nm (192 lb.-ft.) unit that drives the front wheels.
|Aspect||2020 MG5 EV Specification||2022 MG5 EV Specification*|
|Width||1,818 mm||1,811 mm|
|Battery Pack Capacity||52.5 kWh & 61.1 kWh||50.3 kWh & 61.1 kWh|
|Range (WLTP Combined)||214 miles (344 km) & 250 miles (402 km)||199 miles (320 km) & 249 miles (400 km)|
|Motor Power||115 kW (154 bhp)||115 kW (154 bhp)|
|Motor Torque||260 Nm (192 lb.- ft.)||260 Nm (192 lb.- ft.)|
|11 kW AC Charger (3-phase fast charging)||No||Yes|
|0-80% DC Fast-Charging Time||50 minutes||30 minutes|
Prices of the new MG5 EV in Europe will start at under EUR 30,000. UK-specific pricing isn’t out yet.
The (new) MG5 Electric is expected to be in MG brand stores (Europe) in the first quarter of 2022.Matt Lei, CEO of MG Motor Europe on Oct 7, 2021, at the MG Autumn event
On the current MG5 (available in the UK)
The MG5 electric estate is nothing more than a rebadged Roewe Ei5, a Chinese car. The European and Chinese versions have no differences whatsoever except for the badge. The UK gets the MG5 electric estate in Excite and Exclusive trims costing GBP 25,095 and GBP 27,595, respectively. Prices include the government’s plug-in vehicle grant.
A CarAdvice.com.au report insinuates that MG does not have an elaborate global rollout plan for its electric station wagon. 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 volumes. The company has ruled out launching the MG5 EV in Australia. Estates, in general, have been losing popularity with the emergence of high-riding crossover SUVs.
The current standard-range MG5’s key specifications 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 buyers can increase to 1,456 litres by folding down the rear seats.
The Long Range variant with a bigger 61.1 kWh battery pack takes 9.5 hours for full charging using a 7 kW charger, and the charging time for 80% SoC using a 100 kW charger is 61 minutes.
While the standard range variant, in a full charge, comes to a stop at 214 miles (344 km), the Long Range variant can provide 250 miles (402 km). Both range figures are WLTP combined cycle. The efficiency rating of the new Long Range variant is the same as that of the standard range variant – 3.5 miles/kWh (17.5 kWh/100 km).
The MG5 Long Range is available in Excite and Exclusive trims at GBP 26,495 (OTR) and GBP 28,995 (OTR), respectively. Prices include the UK government’s plug-in vehicle grant.
The MG 5 SW estate is available with features like projector headlights, LED DRLs, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 6-way power driver seat with manual lumbar support, front seat heating, rear foot ventilation, etc.
The MG5 electric estate currently has no direct competitor. It is the only electric station wagon on sale in the UK and the world. Electric cars in the UK and Europe usually come in hatchback (Honda e, Nissan Leaf, VW e-Up! & Mini electric), sedan (Hyundai Ioniq & Tesla Model 3), and SUV body types (VW ID.4 and Hyundai Kona). MG is the first company to have identified the need for a zero-emissions station wagon, a common preference of fleet operators and families who travel with a lot of luggage.
MG UK creates new sales record
The company is enjoying brisk sales in the United Kingdom in 2021. MG UK’s July 2021 sales numbers stood at 2,411, up nearly 30.6 per cent, making it the fastest-growing mainstream brand in the UK. The MG5 and ZS EV account for 8.9 per cent of the UK’s BEV market.
According to the statement released by the company, MG Motor managed to garner a record market share of 2 per cent in the UK. The market share for MG BEV’s also rose to 8.9 per cent. This makes it the third best-selling EV brand in the UK, ahead of the likes of Mercedes, Audi and Hyundai. Overall, MG managed to grow sales by 67.5 per cent on a year-to-date basis against a market growth of just 24.7 per cent.
Featured image: SAIC/MG