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MG ZS SUV Is Getting Ready For The Chinese Auto Market

Published on January 16, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

MG ZS SUV Is Getting Ready For The Chinese Auto Market

Spy Shots showing the production version of the new MG ZS SUV, looking clean but not very mean in this rather boring silver paint job. The ZS debuted as a semi-concept on the Guangzhou Auto Show, the production car will be launched on the Chinese car market in April.

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There will be two engines available: a 1.5 with 120hp and 150nm mated to a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual, and a brand new 1.0 3-cylinder turbo with 125hp and 170nm. The former will be mated to a four-speed (04) automatic or a five-speed (05) manual, and the latter will be mated to a six-speed automatic or a six-speed DCT. The ZS is front-wheel drive only.

Size: 4303/1814/1630, and wheelbase is 2585.

Price is expected to range from around 80.000 to 120.000 yuan.

The MG brand, with its sister brand Roewe, is owned by the Shanghai Auto Industry Corporation (SAIC).

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Best photos of the interior so far; round air vents, floor mats with a racy red edge, leather on the dash, amd a piano black center tunnel and stack. This is the version with the automatic.

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Another car with very hip seats and red stitching on the lever of the DCT, and it has red air vents!

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This is the automatic again. Touch screen seems to be 10-incher. Very few buttons so the infotainment system will take care of most functionalities, except the aircon.

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And lastly the manual version, beige seats and a different aircon control system.

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Seen from above, showing the extra large sun roof.

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  1. Ziv- January 17, 2017 Reply

    First interior photo is not the same car as the others – seems to be the revised GS rather than the new ZS…

  2. Knut- January 18, 2017 Reply

    The way they market the MG is only for UK. And boring as it is, is okay, “knocked down” production doesn’t mean that it is an English car. So huge failure – i hard to explain. This particular car is nothing new. Old fashion design even before start. I say, keep it in UK, and you will never sell much, no matter. In Europe you are 5 years behind, even before we look at the powertrain. No hybrid, no power on the old engine. Just a waist of time. Why bother??

    1. Deskman- January 19, 2017 Reply

      Can’t let the German monopolise the market,
      now can we?

      If it works, it works.
      An Affordable British car built by a Sino-British Joint Venture with GM thrown into the mix.

      Not as successful as the Geely-Volvo marriage or JLR-Tata but it is better than nothing.

      No point disparaging it when competition is better for Europe, especially when all British car manufacturers are now owned by Foreigners.

      1. Knut- January 21, 2017 Reply

        Agree, totally!!! Sorry for the loss of British motorcar industry. But claim yourself.

        Anyway, Volvo/Geely, did it right. And their London Taxi by Geely as well. So what will happen to UK. Production of foreign cars now, after Brexit? Nissan is probably out. Etc.
        Land Rover and Jaguar will survive due to the Indian owners long term strategy for Premium quality and therefore less voundrable to small cost changes. Intelligent owners, intelligent Indians?

        Might there be a new opportunity for real English, original, exclusive cars again? Outside EU? Out of BMW, VW, Mercedes? Rolls Royce, Bentley and…i.e. Aston Martin?

        1. Deskman- January 22, 2017 Reply

          I see no chance of that happening.
          All the niches have been filled, esp. with the advent of Tesla.

          Maybe neo-classical cars might make a comeback. Who knows?

          Back to the topic at hand, I find that Geely out of all the Chinese/Indian car marques have the most solid strategy for entering the Euromarket. They also have the capital and clout to make an actual impact if the price is right.

          So far, Tata Motors have not achieved the same level of integration/cooperation as Geely/Volvo.

          They have not even fully-translated the technological know-how into their own vehicles.

          JLR exist because of their own merit. I wouldn’t claim their benefactors to be the Indians when TATA only provided the capital for them to succeed.

          Everyone else (BYD/GAC) are focusing on the US Automarket to make an impact(Less regulation).

          Haval/GWM/BAIC/Mahindra are experimenting with smaller markets like Australia/NZ, Africa, India and Southeast Asia etc.

          Not that I can blame them, given the extremely high level of competition in Europe.

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