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MG PH confident of doubling sales with MG3 and MG G50

MG PH confident of doubling sales with MG3 and MG G50

Botchi Santos

The MG3 hatchback and the MG G50 were formally launched to local media and its dealership network by MG Philippines yesterday at the Blackbird Restaurant located at the historic Nielsen Tower in Makati.

MG Philippines President Felix Jiang expressed optimism for these two models which the brand expects to be major volume sellers in their respective segments. And with a total sales target of between 12,000-15,000 units for 2024, Jian was confident that they can hit the lofty goal which is more than twice higher than what they have achieved in 2023.

The MG3 is a B-segment hatchback powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine producing 119hp and 150 Newton-Meters of torque mated to a CVT transmission with 8 simulated forward gears available. There will also be a hybrid electric variant with a combined system output of a whooping 191hp and 250 Newton Meters of torque. Sadly, the hybrid is a parallel only electric system and does not offer a full EV only mode.

There will be a total of four variants, starting at an impressive P678,000 all the way to the hybrid variant at P1,088,888. It’s interesting to note that the MG3 dips into the A-segment in base trim, and the hybrid matches the mid-tier B-segment variants, but complete with hybrid technology, MG’s Pilot Advance Driver Assist System which is a combination of driver assist and safety systems that include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, pre-collision warning, and more. There is of course the benefit of number coding exemption.

The available equipment for the range include keyless remote entry and push-button engine start/stop, reverse parking sensors, an electric parking brake, four-wheel disc brakes, and a 360-degree-view camera for safer parking and maneuverability in tight areas, a seven-inch virtual instrument cluster, remote keyless entry, stability control, and rear parking sensors.

Features reserved for the top-spec variant include lane watch, lane-departure alert, and lane-keep assistance, pre-collision warning, and a 360-degree-view camera. The base variant is equipped with a radio, while the higher specs get a 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The MG G50 also officially breaks cover in a market hungry for MPVs, vans and other people-movers. The MG G50 is a seven or eight seat MPV (depending on variant) that is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine producing 178hp and 280 Newton-Meters of torque that drives the front wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch wet-type transmission. Three variants are available, starting at P1,048,888 to P1,288,888.

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The G50 is targeted squarely at families, therefore safety is of paramount importance according to MG Boss Felix Jiang. Thus, G50 Plus also boasts tech that offers great safety features with its anti-lock brake system, hill hold control on automatic transmission models, electronic stability program, parking sensors, reverse camera, cruise control, electronic parking brake with auto brake hold, and a push-button ignition system.

Higher trim levels will get features like LED auto headlights, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, rear A/C controls, and a 12-inch infotainment system.

Just as with the MG3, the G50 has impressive space, equipment and cost that sees it straddling the compact MPV segment in pricing while being significantly larger, tipping into the next larger size segment in terms of space, versatility and creature comforts.

Are we ready to see more MGs on our roads? With these segment busting prices, methinks we most certainly will.