MG unveiled the facelifted version of the MG5 EV estate, adopting the same design changes seen on the updated Rowe Ei5 from China. The fully electric wagon will debut at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a new face and more equipment.
The MG5 EV estate arrived in the UK market in 2020 as a rebadged version of the Chinese Roewe Ei5. The latter received a comprehensive facelift in 2021, which is now carried over in its UK sibling, making it significantly more modern both in terms of exterior and interior design.
The most dramatic change takes place at the front end. Gone is the chrome grille and instead a new pair of slimmer LED headlights are interconnected with a thin plastic trim. The charging port is still located in the middle, and the MG badge has been relocated to the hood. The bumper is more sculpted than before with triangular-shaped intakes and aerodynamic lines.
The profile hasn’t changed, but a new set of alloy wheels keep it fresh. Finally, changes at the back are less visible with new graphics for the LED taillights, a simpler chrome trim between them, and a redesigned bumper with smaller inlets.
Inside, the MG5 EV gains a redesigned dashboard which we can’t see yet since the automaker only released a photo of the seats. The highlight is a new free-standing 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen (up from 8-inches) with upgraded software that supports MG’s iSMART connected car services. The facelifted MG5 EV also benefits from the Vehicle-To-Load (V2L) technology, allowing users to charge e-bikes, portable heaters, and camping equipment using the power from the car’s battery.
Technical details on the facelifted MG5 are not yet released. The current MG5 EV uses a 154 hp (115 kW / 156 PS) electric motor and a 52.2 kWh lithium-ion battery allowing a WLTP range of 214 miles (344 km) between charges. However, the facelifted Rowe Ei5 is using a more powerful electric motor producing 181 hp (135 kW / 184 PS) which could be used in the updated MG5 EV.
Pricing for the updated MG5 EV will be announced at a later date together with expected delivery dates, but we don’t expect big differences from the outgoing model which starts from £29,695 ($36,359). Since its UK debut in 2020, the MG5 EV has sold more than 8,000 units, benefiting from the fact it is the only EV estate offered in this segment.