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.
Inside, the Chinese market interior sees new fabrics, an upgraded infotainment setup and the arrival of an electronic handbrake to replace the old-school mechanical handbrake.
Perhaps of more interest is the changes under the bonnet. Up to now the MG ZS has been offered with an ancient normally aspirated 1.5 petrol and a 1.0 Turbo available only with a dual clutch transmission. Whilst there was initial excitement around the more modern Turbo engine coming to a modern MG, this made way
This of course applies firstly to the Chinese market, and British customers will have to wait until perhaps next year to get their facelift ZS. However, with the ZS proving rather popular and now being sourced from the same plant for Chinese and UK production there shouldn't be too lengthy a wait.
What is less clear is whether we will get the new engine in the UK and whether MG Motor UK will see a business case for offering a more powerful engine alongside the existing 1.5, 1.0 Turbo and electric MG ZS offerings. Place your bets now.
As always, myself and Macdroitwich will keep you appraised of developments about the 2020 MG ZS facelift, starting with the news from Chengdu.
MG RUMOUR MILL
to an under whelmed confusion at the model's disappointing numbers.
The DCT ZS is actually the slowest MG since the original MGB, hitting 60 in over 12 seconds. Buyers seeking a MG ZS capable of hitting 60 in less than 10 seconds would have to go electric with the MG ZS EV.
However, this will change with the refresh with reports indicating that a new 1.3 Turbo will be added to the MG ZS range.
A power rating of 163ps and 230nm of torque mean the new engine will provide some more get up and go befitting a sporting brand and the new more thrusting styling.
Chinese reports claim it will hit 62mph in 8.5 seconds. The existing engines will remain in the 2020 MG ZS range.
As with the 1.0 Turbo and the MG GS's 1.5 Turbo the engine is the product of a joint venture with General Motors and employs dual port injection – unusual on a turbo motor – and a compact aluminium structure to increase efficiency.
The 1.3 Turbo is already used in various Buick and Chevrolet products in China and the Roewe RX3 that's related to the MG ZS. As in the RX3, the gearbox will be a 6 speed Aisin automatic transmission.
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.”
MG to launch MG5 EV small electric estate in 2020?
Anne Gossip 23rdAugust 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.