A video of the MG RX5 (Roewe RX5) on Indian roads, uploaded by MotorWorld India on Youtube. Given the video's quality, it's hard to distinguish which SUV is undergoing testing, until the last few seconds. The RX5 was previously snapped last month testing in Pune.
Our country will soon welcome an influx of Chinese SUVs manufactured in India that will give products from top manufacturers a new problem to reckon with. This is courtesy of SAIC establishing its operations here. One of the SUVs we could expect is the MG RX5 that will go up against the Hyundai Creta and even the Jeep Compass. It measures 4,545 mm in length, 1,855 mm in width and 1,719 mm in height, and has a 2,700 mm wheelbase.
Some of the standard features fitted in the same model in other markets include LED headlamps with striking 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. Expect high trim levels of the India-spec model to equip most (if not all) of the features listed.
The RX5 is available with two engine options: a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine or a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The former outputs 124 kW (168.59 PS) at 5,600 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 1,700-4,400 rpm, while the latter produces 162 kW (220.26 PS) at 5,300 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 2,500-4,000 rpm. Depending on the market, transmission options include a 6-speed manual, 6-speed DCT and 7-speed DCT. An AWD system is optional in the 2.0-litre variant.
It's unclear if MG will develop a diesel variant by sourcing a powerplant from another manufacturer or develop one from scratch. In the segment it's targeting, the higher percentage of units sold are diesel powered. The RX5, as with other MG cars, will be built at the former GM plant in Halol, Gujarat.