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Anne Gossip 5th September 2019
Anne Gossip with the latest from Chengdu.
Today the 2019 Chendu motor show opened and, with 95th anniversary celebrations in mind, MG had much to show including the facelift MG ZS and a celebratory HS special edition.
Macdroitwich has already brought initial details of the new facelift MG ZS to you, but the Chengdu show was the official unveiling of the updated model. As well as the new styling and more powerful engine, MG were especially proud of the new updates to the MG ZS interior.
The central screen has been updated to a slightly larger size and has crisper graphics with an upgraded infotainment system. Also updated is the instrumentation which is now a fully LCD digital setup on higher specification MG ZS models and partially LCD on the lesser variants.
The MG pilot system, already offered on the MG ZS EV, comes to its internal combustion cousins adding Active Emergency braking, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Correction amongst other safety features to the spec list. In 2017, the MG ZS was crash tested by Euro NCAP and received an underwhelming 3 star rating part of which was down to a low level of Safety Assist systems as standard so this upgrade should help improve the Euro NCAP rating.
Information on the poweplant offerings is per the previous article with the 1.3 Turbo “260 TGI-
At the unveiling MG were effusive about the global success of the MG ZS model pointing to strong sales in the UK and Thailand as well as China. Now offered in 36 countries, the MG ZS is arguably one of the first Chinese passenger cars to make serious export inroads.
Of late, domestically MG have been keen to return to their sporting roots and as part of their 95th anniversary celebrations unveiled a special edition of the MG HS – the so called Hormone SUV – that certainly does that. The Track Edition is lowered, giving a far more pleasing stance, and comes with the flagship 2.0 Turbo motor that produces 228hp. Whether this looks good or like your great grandmother in a pair of brightly coloured Yeezys is up to you.
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As well as being hit with the lowering stick, the MG HS Track Edition is fitted with some sporty cross spoke alloys and colour coded trim. Along with the stance and bigger wheels the reduction of the black cladding makes a big difference to the MG HS's looks. Inside, this sporty theme continues with Alcantara trim with blue stitching and a special edition badge on the dashboard.
However, we can state it is highly unlikely that the limited edition will come here. MG Motor UK only offer their lowest powered and smallest-
Away from the new model offerings, MG also displayed a legacy TD model to underline the brand's heritage and the MG6 XPower TCR Racecar.
Both of these no doubt intended to highlight both the brand's proud history and the sportier, more youthful direction they wish to take the brand in domestically.
The MG HS Track Edition
Sister brand, Maxus, also made launches at the show unveiling Electric and Plug-
Stay tuned to Macdroitwich for further updates from the Chengdu show as they come in over the next few days. In the meantime, add your thoughts by commenting on the forum.
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