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MG CHENGDU ROUND-UP: MG ZS Facelift unveiled and a special edition MG HS for MG's 95th Anniversary

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-Tech” engine being added to the range. Coupled to a 6 speed automatic gearbox, this delivers 0-62mph in a respectable 8.5 seconds, matching the MG ZS EV. The 1.5 VTI-Tech and 1.0 T-GDI engines continue with the facelift. Sources familiar with matters at Longb... Marylebone tell us that the 1.3 Turbo is unlikely to be offered on the UK market when the MG ZS facelift arrives next year due to fears that this will step on the toes of the MG HS.

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.

All-in-all it's a typical anniversary special edition albeit a better effort than what the UK market has received in recent years. It has not been revealed whether a competition will be run in conjunction with the special edition.

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-wheeled models here, after all.

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.

MG HS TRACK EDITION

The MG HS Track Edition

Sister brand, Maxus, also made launches at the show unveiling Electric and Plug-In-Hybrid derivatives of their D60 SUV. Named the Euniq 6 and the Euniq 6 plug-in, the new models are larger than the familiar MG GS and MG HS and will likely provide the basis for the forthcoming larger MG SUV.

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.

MG ZS FACELIFTS

The MG ZS facelift, coming soon

MG6 XPOWER TCR RACECAR

MG6 Xpower TCR Racecar

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MG to launch MG5 EV small electric estate in 2020?

Anne Gossip 23rd August 2019

Macdroitwich lickbait correspondent ANNE GOSSIP gives the latest rumoured product from MG

Speculative reports from sources claiming to be familiar with the matter suggest that MG are planning to launch a small electric estate car on the UK market next year.

The new car will almost certainly be closely related – probably even a straight rebadge – to the Chinese market Roewe Ei5, which uses the platform of the Buick Excelle, a distant relative of the current Vauxhall Astra.

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Impending facelift for 2020 - An MG ZS with NEW more powerful engine?

Anne Gossip 29th August 2019

Tittle-tattle merchant Anne Gossip has more Lickbait for Macdroitwich

It seems like only yesterday that the MG ZS crossover hit the UK market, but next week's Chengdu motorshow will see the unveiling of the car's mid-life facelift.

Opening on the 5th September, the 2020 MG ZS will be amongst a raft of new launches at Chengdu. Styling upgrades see the existing car's Mazda-inspired grille makes way for a new honeycomb design more reminiscent of that fitted to the latest Fords as MG's designers endeavour to make the car look sportier. The front bumper also takes on a more aggressive aesthetic.

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By Jove, Have MG finally cracked it?

John Sandie 15th August 2019

Macdroitwich news correspondent JOHN SANDIE reports on what is shaping up to be MG Motor’s first BIG TITTED HIT

“Impossible to recommend” and “rotten to the core” screamed the red ink of journalistic reviews of the MG6 as monthly sales figures bobbed around single digits. Panned by reviewers, ignored by customers, MG Motor UK and the 6 were a standing joke by 2012.

Seven years later, MG are in better fettle and the new MG ZS EV has been received rather differently by reviewers. “A real alternative to the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf” beamed Auto Express and What Car – normally about as pleasant to MGs as a broken glass enema – gave the new car four stars and predicted it to be “the most sought after MG in decades.”

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SHE'S ELECTRIC - Plug-In hybrid MG HS enters production – UK sales to come

Anne Gossip 2nd October 2019

Anne Gossip with more LICKBAIT.

MG are continuing to embrace electrified vehicles with the launch of a plug-in hybrid derivative of the MG HS, the MG eHS.

As the first examples of the MG eHS trickled off the line of a newly opened factory in the coastal city of Ningde, SAIC confirmed that the MG eHS will be exported from the plant to us in the UK.

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