MG 550 and MG 750 launched in UAE
The MG brand has officially been launched in the UAE, at an event in Dubai. MG, or Morris Garages, was originally a sporty British brand under Rover before changing hands to become a part of SAIC, China’s largest carmaker. Chinese-built models at launch include the MG 550 and the MG 750, with the MG3, MG 350 and MG6 models set to join later.
The 2011 MG 550 1.8T comes with a 158 hp 1.8-litre light-pressure turbo 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed automatic, with the base model getting 16-inch alloys wheels, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, cruise control, stability control, two front airbags, ABS with EBD, fabric seats, one-press engine start with the key still requiring insertion, steering-mounted radio controls, power windows and mirrors, automatic climate control a/c, CD/MP3 stereo with 8 speakers, keyless entry, illuminated sunshade mirrors, digital gauges and fog lights. The top “Deluxe” model gets 17-inch alloys, side-curtain airbags, dual-zone a/c, leather upholstery, tinted windows, electric driver’s seat, parking sensors, sunroof and a basic GPS system. There are many more options available, such as Bluetooth, rear camera and cooler box, but the dealer will not offer those for now.
The 2011 MG 750 2.5, based fully on a facelifted Rover 75, comes with a 183 hp 2.5-litre V6, 5-speed automatic, 16-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, cruise control, dual front airbags, stability control, ABS with EBD, leather seats, power-adjustable driver’s seat, adjustable steering wheel, steering-mounted radio controls, automatic climate control a/c, CD/MP3 stereo with 8 speakers, CD changer, sunroof, keyless entry, auto headlights, cooled central cubby box, illuminated sunshade mirrors and parking sensors. Options such as GPS and side airbags are not yet available, but may be offered later.
The first MG dealership by AW Rostamani will be in Deira within Dubai. The MG 550 starts at Dhs 64,000 till Dhs 69,000. The MG 750 comes in only one trim for Dhs 76,000. All cars come with a warranty for 3 years or 100,000 km.
We drove one of these cars six months ago that was used by dealer staff for evalution. Read the exclusive 2011 MG 550 first drive.