MG ZS Petrol Compact SUV showcased at Auto Expo: Hyundai Creta challenger

MG Motor showed the ZS compact SUV at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo. While the automaker has remained mum about the ZS SUV’s launch timeline in India, the vehicle is expected to be here sometime next year, as a Hyundai Creta challenger. The MG ZS showcased at the Auto Expo is based on the same platform as the eZS electric SUV but gets a facelift, and runs on turbo petrol power.

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The MG ZS SUV’s dimensions are similar to that of the eZS; Length, breadth, height and wheelbase measure at 4,314 mm, 1809 mm, 1648 mm and 2,585 mm respectively. These dimensions make it smaller than the MG Hector, the brand’s best selling SUV in the Indian market. These dimensions also means that the ZS is likely to be MG’s Creta/Seltos rival, as and when the SUV is officially launched in the Indian market.

In China and other international markets where the MG ZS is sold, the SUV gets two engine options: a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with 118 Bhp-150 Nm outputs, and a 1.3 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 158 Bhp-250 Nm. The former gets a CVT automatic gearbox as standard while the latter is offered with a 6 speed automatic.

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MG Motor is expected to launch the turbo petrol engine and automatic gearbox in the ZS compact SUV sold in India. The SUV is expected to be built at MG Motor’s Halol factory in Gujarat, alongside the Hector. A high amount of localization will be essential for the ZS to be priced competitively. Going by how MG has priced both the eZS and Hector, a sharp price tag for the ZS Petrol compact SUV is very likely.

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As for features, the MG ZS sold abroad is available with a long list of conveniences. The panoramic sunroof, which now seems like a standard feature on most MG cars, is offered on the international ZS compact SUV, and the same is likely to make it to the top end trim in India as well.

Other features such as automatic climate control, push-button start, six airbags, ABS, traction control, electronic stability program, on-board internet access, a 10.1-touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, connected car features, automatic headlamps and wipers will be offered on the top-trim of the compact SUV. A competitive price tag is vital in a market such as India, where automakers bet big on the value-for-money factor, especially in segments below 30 lakhs. The MG ZS is expected to cost about Rs. 11 lakh when it’s launched here sometime next year.