MG unveils new model

Check out MG's new and affordably priced mid-size SUV.

Chinese auto maker MG Motor has unveiled its new and affordably priced mid-size SUV, the HS, to challenge well-regarded offerings such as the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota’s new RAV4.

The new model takes the current MG range to five models including a new, all-electric version of the ZS and the now in run-out GS, the model the HS replaces. And it’s not hard to see body-styling cues in the handsome newcomer that have more than a hint of the CX-5, giving it a more contemporary look than the dated GS.

The new HS is offered in two grades, the entry level Vibe ($29,990 MLP) and the higher specification Excite ($32,990 MLP). The HS is currently being offered at drive-away prices $1000 above the respective MLPs. Orders are being taken now with deliveries scheduled for some time in 2020.

LED daytime running lights and auto headlamps are standard, while Excite models add LED headlamps and dynamic indicators. Vibe rides on 17-inch alloys shod with Maxxis tyres, while Excite scores 18-inch alloys fitted with Michelin rubber.

MG executives described the interior as the “latest and greatest MG has”. There’s leatherette seat trims, use of soft-touch trims and stitch detail, a leather-trimmed flat-bottom multi-function steering wheel, cooled storage, and a 10.1-inch colour touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus four USB ports (2 front, 2 rear).

Additional features on Excite include navigation, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, power tailgate, LED ambient lighting, paddle shifters, and sports mode switch that increases throttle response, alters transmission shift points, sharpens steering and turns ambient lighting red.

Both models are powered by a 124kW,250Nm, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine driving to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch auto. Official combined consumption on the recommended 95 RON PULP is 7.3 litres/100km.

It’s the first local MG model to provide MG Pilot driver assistance suite as standard. Pilot includes blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assist, forward collision warning with pedestrian/cyclist detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, intelligent high-beam control, and intelligent speed assistance. ANCAP crash testing results haven’t been published yet.

MG back the car with a seven year/unlimited kilometre warranty and roadside assistance. There are 47 dealers nationally, 14 in Queensland.