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MIAS 2024: SAIC Motor PH has the largest booth to cover new MG lineup

The Chinese company also hints at IM Motors

From the Geneva Motor Show to MIAS. PHOTO BY JUSTIN YOUNG

The opening day of the 2024 Manila International Auto Show has concluded with a bang, courtesy of SAIC Motor Philippines and its enormous MG booth. The Chinese brand celebrated its British nameplate’s 100th anniversary by showcasing the largest lineup of previews in the entire convention—including a new name in the EV sphere.

A green performance machine, in both tech and color. PHOTOS BY JUSTIN YOUNG

Let’s start with the MG models with confirmed prices, all electric-powered.

After reaching success in China and the UK, the ZS EV is finally slated for the Philippine market. This time, the fully electric version of MG Philippines’ best-selling crossover will arrive locally with a 51.1kWh battery motor producing a healthy 130kW (174hp), 280Nm, and a 320km range for P1,838,888.

On the faster side, the MG 4 XPower will bring more power to an already powerful hatchback. A dual-motor 64kWh battery pack punches all four wheels to achieve 320kW (435hp) and a neck-snapping 660Nm. However, its range decreased from the Lux’s 403km to 385km. A significant price to pay for all that performance, but you can get it for P2,000,888.

Surprised to see that electric luxury minivans are still not mainstream yet. PHOTOS BY JUSTIN YOUNG AND SAM SURLA

The next two on the list have prices still under consideration, but MG Philippines has gladly given both models a rough estimation of P4,500,000.

After months of teasing, the hotly anticipated Cyberster is finally open to preorders. The electric roadster can be had in either 64kWh single-motor with 230kW (308hp) or 70kWh dual-motor with 400kW (536hp).

The Mifa 9 will be the first new minivan from MG’s local lineup and one of the first executive minivans in the Philippines, alongside the Hycan V09. While the final specs aren’t final, all variants will come with a 90kWh battery pack producing a comfortable 180hp and 350Nm.

'Forza Horizon 5' players might recognize this as a prize car in a recent update. PHOTOS BY JUSTIN YOUNG AND SAM SURLA

Finally, there’s the teaser section of cars with no price confirmations.

Not long after its debut in Geneva, the MG 3 makes a surprising visit to remind us that hatchbacks are still relevant. It was first announced with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 1.83kWh electric motor for a combined 192hp. Now, a base level and a mid-trim come with that engine alone at 118hp and 150Nm, mated to either a CVT or a five-speed manual.

On the more executive side, the MG 7 will be the first new sedan in the lineup since the discontinuation of the MG 6. The green machine on display is the Trophy trim carrying a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission.

Welcome back, Maxus G50. PHOTOS BY JUSTIN YOUNG

Growing in size, the MG RX9 is the second Roewe-based SUV unveiled in the country after the Marvel R. Carrying the same 2.0-liter engine and transmission from the MG 7, the midsize crossover is unlike the RX5 and goes after a more upscale market.

The second van on display is the MG G50, which might look and sound familiar to some people. It used to have the Maxus badge (which the Mifa 9 also wears in China) until 2023 when the brand was stealthily removed from the AC Mobility portfolio. It might return to the market with the same 1.3-liter turbocharged or 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine as in the past.

Don’t you think this rear end looks a little too familiar? PHOTOS BY JUSTIN YOUNG

Finally, SAIC Motor Philippines caps its exhibit by introducing a new manufacturer under its umbrella: IM Motors. Standing for “intelligence in motion,” the all-electric brand collaborated with the Alibaba Group, with technical support from WAE Technologies (the engineering branch formerly owned by Williams F1).

Showcased in the corner is the IM LS7, an electric premium crossover. This particular unit in white carries an all-wheel-drive electric dual motor that delivers 425kW (570hp) and 725Nm.

Its 42-inch widescreen across the dashboard, high-beam LIDAR for autonomous driving, and zero-gravity seats are ready to wow the upscale P4,000,000-range crowd.

What a way to celebrate 100 years. PHOTO FROM MG PHILIPPINES

SAIC proves to the MIAS crowd that MG is ready to take on the upper class while still catering to the average Joes and Janes. You can check out the future of the pseudo-British brand at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City until April 7.

Justin Young

Justin loves cars of all forms. Molded by motoring TV shows and Internet car culture, he sees the world from a different perspective that not many get to see every day.