MG launched three new cars in the Indian market in 2020. The MG ZS EV, the Hector Plus and the all-new Gloster. In 2021, MG is already working to launch new products and the prime focus will be SUVs as before. The first product from the British manufacturer in the Indian market will be a new 7-seater version of the Hector Plus while there is a possibility of the brand launching 4WD Hector with ADAS technology too. Post that, MG will launch a direct competitor of the Hyundai Creta, which will be the petrol version of the ZS EV. MG is currently testing the ZS petrol in different parts of the country and here is the latest set of spy pictures.
The pictures are shared by DriveSpark and shows the MG ZS Petrol getting tested around Bengaluru, Karnataka. The pictures reveal that the design of the ZS petrol SUV will be similar to the design of the EV. However, there will be a few changes to make them look different on the roads. To start with, the ZS EV will get a grille that has similar to the Hector. Also, it will get different alloy wheels and a few overall design tweaks. It is based on the facelifted model so it looks sharper than the ZS EV.
MG is yet to announce the exact date of the launch but we can get to see the production form of the ZS EV in the first quarter of 2021. The car is already on sale in the international markets and MG showcased the same car at the 2020 Auto Expo earlier this year.
Petrol-only ZS SUV
The all-new ZS SUV gets powered only by petrol engine options in the international markets. There is a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 104 Bhp and peak torque of 141 Nm. There is a more powerful 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine too. It generates a maximum power of 109 Bhp and a peak torque of 160 Nm. MG offers a 48V mild-hybrid system with the turbo-petrol engine option.
If MG launches the hybrid-version of the ZS in India, it will become the only car to offer the system in the segment. Interestingly, MG already offers the same technology with the Hector’s 1.5-litre turbocharged engine. Internationally, MG also offers a five-speed manual transmission with the naturally-aspirated petrol engine and a six-speed automatic transmission with the turbocharged engine of the ZS. There can be a few India-specific changes when the car launches.
Also, MG offers diesel engine with all its cars in India. It is possible that the brand launches the ZS SUV with a diesel engine too. However, the details for the diesel engine are not out yet.
MG ZS features
MG has established itself as a manufacturer that loves to offer features in its vehicles in India. The ZS SUV will not be any different. The cabin will offer an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Internet-connected solutions just like the other MG products on sale. Also, features like a sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, climate control system, start-stop push-button, electrically adjustable driver seat will be available with the all-new ZS.
On the outside, all-LED headlamps and tail lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels and faux plates will be available with the upcoming SUV. Pricing will also be very competitive too. The all-new car will take on the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos head-on.