The MG HS has been spotted undertaking winter testing in snowy conditions. Up until now it was not confirmed that MG would bring the HS SUV to the UK, but the British plates on this test car highlight that it's destined for our shores. Expect to see it in our Grimsby dealership before the end of 2019.
The HS will replace the GS SUV, which has been on sale in the UK for the past four years. Production of the GS has now officially ceased, as MG gears up to produce many HS models. It'll be a similar size to cars such as the Renault Kadjar and Nissan Qashqai.
And it’s a handsome thing. The styling is close to the ZS, with its sharp-looking LED headlight units and a large ‘starry’ grille that’ll grab the attention of passers-by. It features bold creases on the bonnet and above the rear wheel arch, while the rear end is confident and, if you squint, somewhat Jeep-like. Top-end cars will include lots of chrome touches and bi-colour alloy wheels.
Just like the ZS, this new MG SUV will provide a lot of equipment for a very reasonable price. The model shown at the launch features a glass panoramic sunroof, plus a premium Bose audio system and two large, crystal-clear screens. A 10.1-inch screen will let you control all of your infotainment and smartphone connectivity functions, while a 12.3-inch screen replaces analogue dials in front of the driver.
Don't expect sparse equipment levels. The MG HS will offer a driver assistance system with lane keeping and adaptive cruise control functions, allowing the car to operate semi-autonomously. Excellence models also come with a leather interior, sports seats and a mind-boggling array of ambient lighting options.
Chinese market cars get two petrol engines: a 170hp 1.5-litre or a 220hp 2.0-litre. Both are turbocharged and available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT automatic gearbox. It’s not known whether these transmissions will come to the UK market, or whether the HS will share the ZS’ 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre engines instead. A diesel version is very unlikely.
The 2019 MG HS will be larger than the ZS, but a third SUV is in the pipeline to sit above the two. It could come with a choice of five or seven seats, and will feature many of the same options as the HS. Then, from 2021, an all-electric hard-top roadster is slated to join the line-up.
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