MG Motor will officially launch its first product in India in early 2019. The company has hinted that the first model to go on sale is the MG ZS 5-seater premium SUV, which is already on sale in international markets. This SUV has also been spotted multiple times during its test rounds on Indian roads.
While replying to prospective buyers on social media, MG Motor has revealed that the MG ZS compact SUV will be launched in early 2019. Though, official statement about the product is yet to be announced by the automaker. Owned by China’s SAIC, MG Motor has set up a plant at Halol Gujarat which they bought from General Motors India in September 2017. This plant has an initial production capacity of 80,000 vehicles per annum in the first phase. Besides ZS, MG Motor is also testing the re-badged Baojun 530 and MG RX5 in India.
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This premium SUV will be stacked against the Hyundai Creta, which is currently the top-selling model in its category. Tata Motors will also launch a 5-seater premium SUV – the Harrier – in early 2019. Design inspiration for the ZS comes from MG Motor’s latest Emotion Dynamism design language, which is also offered on the company’s flagship MG HS SUV.
The MG ZS looks very premium, thanks to bold stance and rugged styling elements. Upfront is a large grille with black mesh design and chrome surround, large air-dam, sporty projector headlamp with LED DRLs and rectangular fog lamps. The SUV rides on large 17-inch diamond-cut alloys. At the back, it features wraparound LED tail-lights, integrated roof-spoiler, and aggressive bumper. Inside the cabin, the SUV gets a large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, leather upholstery and a flat bottom multi-functional steering wheel. Also See – MG ZS – 5 Things You Should Know
While the global-spec model is available with a range of petrol engine options, the India-spec model will also receive a diesel derivative. It is expected to source engine from Jeep Compass, which is a 2.0-litre MJD unit producing 170bhp and 350Nm. The engine could be de-tuned for lesser power and more efficiency.