MG Motors India is trialling a few Chinese SUVs on local soil as it chalks out its India entry. First, it was the Roewe E RX5 EV and then the Baojun 530. Recently, Team-BHP forum member Shubham Ghute spotted an LHD MG RX5 test mule in Pune.
The MG RX5 is originally a Roewe product but globally it is sold under the MG brand. It shares the SSA platform with the MG GS. It falls in the C-segment globally.
The MG RX5 measures 4,545 mm in length, 1,855 mm in width and 1,719 mm in height. It has a 2,700 mm wheelbase. It offers 595 litres of boot space, expandable to 1,639 litres on folding the rear seats. Powering the C-SUV is either a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine or a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
The 1.5-litre engine produces 124 kW (168.59 PS) at 5,600 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 1,700-4,400 rpm. It sends power to the wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Roewe-badged version can be had with a 6-speed manual transmission. Its 2.0-litre petrol engine develops 162 kW (220.26 PS) at 5,300 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 2,500-4,000 rpm. It is coupled to a 6-speed (Roewe-badged version: 7-speed) dual-clutch automatic transmission. An AWD system is optional in the 2.0-litre engine model.
LED headlamps with LED DRLs, 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, 6-way power driver’s seat, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, 6-speaker audio system with woofer, electric parking brake and six airbags are the equipment highlights of the MG RX5.
Recent reports say that the first MG model in India is the Baojun 530. Whichever cars SAIC pick for the Indian market, they will be manufactured at GM’s Halol plant.
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