MG Motor’s petrol powered ZS mid-size SUV: Launch timeline revealed

MG Motors made their debut in the Indian market with Hector SUV last year. The product turned out to be a huge success for the brand and it was so successful that Hector had a very long waiting period for some time. After the successful launch of Hector MG launched their first fully electric SUV eZS in the market earlier this year. This year at the Auto Expo MG also unveiled a couple of models that will be coming to India in future. The automaker is betting big on the Indian market, and has established a production facility in Halol, Gujarat, from where the Hector is produced.  Now a report from Money Control suggests that MG Motor is planning to enter the mid-size SUV segment. The automaker will launch the petrol powered ZS SUV next year. The ZS will sit below the Hector in terms of price and positioning.

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The mid-size SUV segment is a highly competitive segment in the country with models like Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier in it. As per the report MG is now planning to enter this segment with the petrol version of the ZS SUV. The ZS SUV is already available in the country in a fully electric avatar. The ZS electric version was the second product from the manufacturer.

MG ZS is not a new product and is a car that is already available in the international market. Internationally it is powered by a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine. It is not known whether we would be getting the same set of engines or just the 1.5 naturally aspirated petrol engine. The petrol version is likely to get an automatic transmission as an option along with a manual gearbox.

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Dimensions-wise, MG ZS is a bit smaller than the other vehicles in the segment. It still is a very spacious and feature loaded car. It is likely to get most of the features like connected car features, sunroof, leather seats and so on. The price of the petrol or the ICE version will be lower than that of the electric version. MG is likely to price it competitively and price it between the Rs 9-15 lakh bracket. MG Motor has tasted big success with the Hector, and will soon launch a 6 seater version of the SUV, called the Hector Plus. The Hector Plus was showcased at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo, and the official launch is slated for the second half of this year.

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