2022 MG5 EV to be available by March in Europe; UK next? [Update]

Update: Introduction and ‘MG UK creates new sales record’ section updated.

Along with the MG Marvel R Electric, a new MG5 Electric (2022 MG5 EV) with a fresh 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 by the end of this quarter (January-March 2022).

MG UK has not made an announcement on the arrival of the refresh, but it is unlikely that the improved estate would be ignored by the British subsidiary for long. We expect MG UK to usher in the new MG5 EV by the second half of the year, or perhaps sooner! The company has discontinued the standard range variant (gauging from the MG UK website), which could mean that the pre-facelift model may go out of stock, paving the way for the restyled estate.

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 as an MG electric car. 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 lend the 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 fresh 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 in the European market.

Specifications

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 2022 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.

Aspect2020 MG5 EV Specification2022 MG5 EV Specification*
Width1,818 mm1,811 mm
Battery Pack Capacity52.5 kWh & 61.1 kWh50.3 kWh & 61.1 kWh
Range (WLTP Combined)214 miles (344 km) & 250 miles (402 km)199 miles (320 km) & 249 miles (400 km)
Motor Power115 kW (154 bhp)115 kW (154 bhp)
Motor Torque260 Nm (192 lb.- ft.)260 Nm (192 lb.- ft.)
11 kW AC Charger (3-phase fast charging)NoYes
0-80% DC Fast-Charging Time50 minutes30 minutes
*Provisional specifications

Price

Prices of the 2022 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.

Specifications

The MG5’s key specification includes 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 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. It can provide a WLTP combined cycle range of 250 miles (402 km), which should not changed with the facelift.

The efficiency rating of the 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 standard range variant is no longer on sale.

Features

The MG 5 SW 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 has no direct competitor, with the BYD Han EV Estate likely to give it company starting this year, but at a much higher price segment. 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

MG created a new annual sales record in the UK in 2021. With a 66% year-over-year growth (2020: 18,415 units), it registered 30,600 units in annual sales in the UK in 2021. MG proudly says that was ahead of many automakers well-established in the UK, such as Honda, Renault, Citroen, Dacia, Mazda, Fiat, Jaguar, and Suzuki. With the new ZS EV, 2022 could prove to be a better year for the Chinese-owned brand with British roots.

Featured image: SAIC/MG