Chinese MG to launch EV station wagon in UK
Chinese carmaker SAIC is launching from Q4 2020 on a second – MG5 – branded model in Europe next to its ZS EV. It’s a station wagon, the re-branded Roewe Ei5 that will only be available in the UK for the time being. Sources estimate it could sell for £25 495 (€27 960) over there. In China, the Ei5 sells for some £15 000 (€16 450).
In the rest of Europe, the MG5 could make its way to the market in the Netherlands to start in the second half of next year. SAIC has a large European hub in the Netherlands from where its European activities are managed. There the MG brand is distributed by the Van Mossel Group. The Belgian MG importer, Alcomotive, which is also the importer of Hyundai among others, didn’t confirm nor deny its launch so far.
Plug-in hybrid first
First, a plug-in hybrid version of the C-segment SUV with a 16,6 kWh battery pack, the MG eHS, and probably a fully electric version of it will make its way over from China. In the UK, a gasoline version of the MG HS is sold already.
The MG5 will be the first fully electric station wagon available in Europe. It’s roughly the size of the Ford Focus Clipper or Hyundai i30 SW. If it gets the same specs as in China, it will have a 52,5 kWh battery pack that should accommodate a range of 344 km (WLTP) and deliver 115 hp. But it could get a stronger engine version of 143 hp, already used in the MG ZS EV too.