MG prepares to launch an electric estate in the UK next quarter. The MG 5 EV is essentially a rebranded Roewe Ei5 as offered in China – both Roewe and MG belong to SAIC. What’s new and intriguing is the base price though: £23,995 (government subsidy included).
Autocar reported the price quoting the Cap HPI trade body. Converted it comes down to about €25,898. The pricing, when realised at on sale in Q4 of this year, would position the MG 5 EV among the most affordable electric estates in the UK. That is after application of the government’s plug-in vehicle grant of £3,000.
According to MG, there will be two trim levels: Excite and Exclusive. These are the same as they offer for the simpler eSUV that also runs in India as MG ZS EV since June.
MG has yet to confirm final specifications for the 5, so battery size is a guess like Autocar’s 52.5 kWh. The latter is based on MG’s claimed WLTP data. The announcement details a combined range of 214 miles (344 km), city range of 276 miles (444 km) for a combined driving efficiency of 3.6 miles/kWh (17.5 kWh/100km).
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In January 2019 MG Motor had also hinted at a 73 kWh battery and a theoretical range of 500 km. The manufacturer had added that it would weigh the same as the current 44.6 kWh version in the ZS EV, but we are yet waiting to see such a model or option.
For the MG 5 EV now expected in Britain, there is also a small difference to the Chinese-market Roewe Ei5. A power output of 156bhp represents a 42bhp boost and suggests the 5 has been updated for the UK market. The car will retain the Ei5’s dimensions, though, at 4.54m long, just under 1.82m wide and 1.54m tall.
MG aims to begin deliveries of the 5 to customers in the fourth quarter of 2020, and prospective customers may register their interest now.
In related news, British MG continues to sell ZS EV. The 5-seater comes with a WLTP-accredited range of 163 miles and five-star Euro NCAP rating, according to MG Motor.
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