MG unveils sporty new five-door hatch

These are the first official photos of the production MG5, just ahead of its official launch at the upcoming Beijing motor show;

We're still 18 months away from a European (or South African) launch, however; since the 'export' models will have considerably more upmarket spec, stiffer suspension and a wider range of engines than the domestic version, which will apparently be offered with only a 77kW, 1.8-litre petrol engine.

MG5 will apparently only be available as a five-door hatchback.

Rumours around the cybergarage suggest at least one turbodiesel among a range of high-output small (one litre to 1.5-litre) engines with anything from 85 to 120kW.