Set to debut this weekend at the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show, this small sporty-looking SUV from MG is said to rival the likes of Nissan’s Juke, but also cheaper alternatives such as Ssangyong’s Tivoli.
Comparing the teaser with a few earlier spy shots that appeared on China’s Auto Sina, reveal an imposing front grille and large headlights with a sort of Discovery Sport-like daytime running light pattern.
While the car will go on sale in China as the ZS and only reach UK shores in 2019, MG’s head of sales & marketing Matthew Cheyne said that the name will be changed in time for its UK launch. The car is also said to be powered by a 1.5-liter turbo engine, which could be producing the same 164 BHP and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque it does in the GS model.
The ZS however will also get a smaller 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, which Cheyne already confirmed will be one of the engines available first in China – though couldn’t comment on whether it will make it into UK-bound models as well. A separate report, also from Carnewschina, points to the 1.0-liter unit packing 120 HP, whereas the 1.5-liter one would feature just 130 HP – which is of course to be taken with a grain of salt.
Inside, spy shots of the MG ZS show a pair of somewhat sporty front seats, an automatic transmission and a large touchscreen display in the middle of the dash.
As for pricing, it’s currently speculated to cost from around 80,000 ($11,600) to 120,000 yuan ($17,500) in China.
Thanks to Tony for the tip!