New MG XS Announced For The UK Is A Rebadged ZS

MG has revealed its new compact crossover will be called the XS in the United Kingdom.

Set to go on sale this winter, the XS is essentially a renamed version of the ZS which debuted at the Guangzhou Auto Show last year.

MG declined to release specifications but the automaker confirmed the British model will be offered with two petrol engines which can be paired to either an automatic or manual transmission.

That’s not much to go on but the Chinese variant offers a naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter engine with 120 PS (118 hp / 88 kW) and 150 Nm (110 lb-ft) of torque. Customers can also order a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that develops 125 PS (123 hp / 92 kW) and 170 Nm (125 lb-ft) of torque.

In a statement, MG UK Head of Sales and Marketing said “The MG XS will be a real game-changer in the compact SUV marketplace. Featuring state-of-the-art driver technology and innovative design, the new model builds on our growing reputation for capability, performance and quality, positioned at a highly-affordable price – the customer gets extra, for less!”

Pricing will be announced closer to launch but MG says it will be in line with the company’s “affordable family pricing structure.”

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  • antbee

    Looks like a rebadged 2016 Mazda CX-5, tah me.

    • B

      Momzda ?

    • Benjamin B.

      Yet the Mazda would handle and ride much better than the MG 🙁

      • antbee


  • Benjamin B.

    Let’s just kill it. Please.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Why is Hyundai still selling second-gen Tuscon(ix35)s?

  • MazdaBoi

    yay, a 2013 mazda!

  • salamOOn

    that’s a terrible mish mash of cars and parts….

    • OdysseyTag

      Yep, definitely see Kia, Hyundai, DS and Mazda in there.

  • antbee

    It’s a real shame that another British Marque did not pick up MG, and let it fall into the hands of a company, whose country, doesn’t hold anyone accountable for violating intellectual property rights, images, designs, etc.

    This, the “Land Wind” and countless other knock-offs, continuously piss me off!

    • OdysseyTag

      Here you there. Would have been more fitting as the entry-level marque under Tata’s JLR for instance.

  • sean tooher

    what part of this is MG ? remind me ….

  • Anthony McGowan

    So much negativity…it’s depressing. SAIC is following the template established by Hyundai / KIA, only faster. It understandably has a clear Asia focus, but needs to retain a link to the UK to ensure a degree of brand legitimacy for MG. The first models have had issues, no doubt about that, but showed considerable promise. The second wave – exemplified by the ZS / XS – are a significant leap forward. And the recently shown E-Motion concept was the star of the Shanghai show, and shows SAIC is finally understanding the potential of the MG brand. One last thing, the car brand with the biggest number of, and membership in, worldwide enthusiast clubs is none other than MG.

  • haudit

    This is as much an MG as the majority of MGs from 1980-2005. The styling might be a little derivative of Mazda and Hyundai, but at least it’s not a rebadged Austin based on a collection of antiquated, unreliable British spare parts or a rebadged Rover based on an ancient Honda platform.

  • f1300

    “a real game changer”? In which game? None I could think of…

  • Carenthusiast

    Mazda front headlights, Renault taillights and Seat Areca side profile!

    • Matthijs

      Ateca.. really..? Doesn’t like it at all. Hyundai ix35 maybe

  • Bonni Gari Leksmana

    What a kodo design thing…

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