A test mule of MG Motors’ SUV, christened ZS has been spied testing in India in Gujarat, near the GM’s Halol factory which the company recently acquired. While there is no official comment on ZS being considered for the Indian market, reports suggest it is unlikely to come here. In addition to the ZS SUV, MG is also testing MG RX5 (Roewe RX5). Talking in the Indian context, the company is ostensibly planning to bring a rebadged Baojun 530, which is essentially a SAIC-GM-Wuling model, which will be revamped to suit the Indian conditions.
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Coming to the MG ZS, it is primarily a sub-compact SUV that will compete with models in the B segment including Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Seat Arona and Kia Stonic. It mirrors Hyundai Creta’s dimensions and measures around 4.3 m long, 1.8 m wide and 1.6 m high. In terms of design, the MG ZS is based on the company’s ‘Emotional Dynamism’ tenet and is aimed at the urbane buyers.
Elements such as a full frame grille, projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights and captivating detailing on the eye give it an aggressive look up front. While features like all-around body-cladding, silver skid plates, split tail-lamps and 17-inch dual tone alloy wheels accentuate SUV-ish character.
On the inside, the SUV features 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way adjustable passenger seat, panoramic sunroof, an 8-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system with six speakers and a bunch of other tech. The feature list also includes six airbags, reversing camera, ESP, TPMS, reverse parking sensors, etc.
In the international market, the model is available with two petrol engine -a 1.0-litre turbocharged and a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated unit. Putting out maximum power of 125PS, the 1.0-litre engine makes 170Nm of top torque while the high displacing 1.5-litre unit belts out 120PS against 150Nm. Transmission options include a 5-speed MT, a 4-speed AT and a 6-speed AT. As for MG’s India entry, it is likely to launch the Baojun 530-based SUV during the second quarter of 2019.
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