MG unveils potential Focus rival at Shanghai

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With the MG6 already garnering decent reviews among the British motoring press, MG Motors has used the Shanghai show to reveal the potential next step in its ambitious plan to return to European market success.

The Concept 5 it unveiled in the Chinese city hints at a forthcoming five-door hatchback in the Ford Focus segment – a model which would signal the manufacturer's entry into one of the biggest (and arguably hardest fought) segments in the industry.

That car – likely to be badged MG5 – hasn't been confirmed yet, but MG were reportedly keen to underline the concept's European credentials when the covers were pulled off.

A product of the Longbridge design studio, the 5 was introduced amidst a flurry of union jacks, and was presented to the press by British design boss Tony Williams-Kenny.

The car is an amalgamation of the brand's new styling cues with the basic appearance of the previous MG Zero concept. That car is destined to become the MG3, a production model set to launch before the speculated MG5.