The 2019 Cebu Auto Show (CAS) marks a significant point in MG Philippines’ young existence in the Filipino auto market. Less than a year after MG’s local distributorship was awarded to The Covenant Car Company, Inc., and following the launch of its three new products, MG Philippines is showing off their first-ever offering into the B-segment by previewing the MG 5.
“This is our first time to be part of the Cebu Auto Show and we are excited to offer an exclusive inaugural look at our newest model—the MG 5 subcompact sedan—to all our valuable patrons in Cebu,” says Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, President, and CEO of TCCCI-MG Philippines. “We acknowledge the robust growth of the automotive sales in Cebu and its surrounding cities as an indicator that, indeed, this is an integral market for MG Philippines. It is with this in mind that we will continue to provide top-notch products and services to all our esteemed clients here in the Visayas.”
Interestingly, the MG 5 is not actually a subcompact (or B-segment) sedan by size. At 4,601 mm long, 1,818 mm wide, and 1,489 mm tall, the MG 5 is actually a compact (C-segment) sedan competing against smaller vehicles like the Vios, City, Mazda 2 in terms of price. Like its other models, the MG 5 is based on other cars within the SAIC group. In this case, the MG 5 is a rebadged Roewe i5, one of China’s popular compact sedans.
The MG 5 finds itself situated in the largest and most competitive automotive segment in the Philippines and is a newcomer among some of the country’s most popular models. One of its ways to catapult ahead of its competitors is by being a compact sedan priced at the same level as subcompact sedans, whilst offering the benefits of having a bigger sedan, which is of course, space and ride comfort.
MG Philippines has not yet released final specs and pricing, so we’ll have to wait until September 13, 2019, for the official unveiling of the MG 5.