In March 2018, MG Motors announced its future plans for the Indian market. The carmaker has confirmed that will enter India with an SUV that will hit showrooms in the second quarter of 2019 or the first half of 2019. While the company hasn’t yet revealed the vehicle’s name, it is likely to be the MG ZS SUV. Here’re five important facts about MG’s upcoming compact SUV.
1. Hyundai Creta Rival
MG Motors aims to target the highly-competitive compact SUV segment with the ZS. In this space, it will take on Hyundai’s top-selling premium compact SUV – Creta. In terms of dimensions, however, the MG ZS will be bigger than its arch rival. Cars like Renault Duster/Captur and Jeep Compass will also give a good fight to the new MG SUV.
MG ZS Compact SUV Picture Gallery
2. High-level Of Localization
The carmaker has promised that will build its products with very high level of local components. It will also in-line with the government’s Make-In-India project. The company aims to achieve 80 per cent of localization of its first product and come up with aggressive pricing. With an initial investment of Rs 2,000 crore, the UK-based carmaker has already setup its first production plant at Halol, Gujarat. The company had announced that it will make a total investment of Rs 5,000 crore in India in the next six years.
3. Jeep Compass’ Engine
Official specifications of the MG ZS SUV are yet to be revealed by the carmaker. It is rumored to use the Jeep Compass’ 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. This powertrain is capable of producing 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. Reports further suggest that the carmaker might detune this motor. Globally, the SUV is available with engine options – a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged and 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged.
4. Premium Looks
Wearing bold stance and rugged styling elements, the MG ZS looks very premium. The front end of the SUV carries an aggressive appeal, thanks to its large grille with black mesh design and chrome surround, big air-dam, black cladding, sporty projector headlamps with LED DRLs and rectangular fog lamps. Accentuating its side profile are the pronounced wheel arches with thick black cladding, 17-inch diamond cut alloys and bold shoulder lines. Design bits such as wraparound LED taillights, integrated roof spoiler and bumper with black plastic cladding at the rear complete its look. Check Out – Upcoming MG Cars in India
5. Feature Loaded
MG ZS SUV will be one of the feature-loaded cars in its segment. A large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is the major attraction inside the cabin. The SUV also gets automatic climate control, leather upholstery on gearshift and steering wheel, 6-way manually adjustable driver and passenger seats, rear air-conditioning vents and a flat bottom multifunction steering wheel with mounted controls. Read – SAIC Maxus D90 Might Come To Challenge Toyota Fortuner
Safety features such as dual airbags, brake assist and ABS with EBD are standard on the vehicle. Other equipment include anti-rolling protection, tyre pressure monitoring system, hill launch assist, electronic stability programmer, etc.
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