India-bound MG Motor's most advanced SUV 'HS' officially revealed
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India-bound MG Motor has added a new SUV to its line-up in the Chinese market, the MG HS. The MG HS is the Chinese-owned British marque’s new flagship SUV.
The MG HS stays close to the concept it evolves from - the MG X-motion. What’s particularly interesting, is its interior, which looks a lot plusher and is more technologically advanced than any MG on sale. The cabin is laid out in the wine red-black dual-tone colour scheme. That, combined with dual-pane panoramic sunroof, brushed metal trim, contrasting ambient lighting (in 64 options) and fluidic lines in the door pads makes the interior look like that of a luxury SUV.
Features like sports seats, flat-bottomed steering wheel with a red “Super Sport” mode button and jet aircraft turbine-style silver air vents complement the dynamism of the mid-size SUV. The same is reflected in the 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster as well, which brings us to the advanced technologies.
In addition to a fully digital instrument cluster, the MG HS comes with a new ‘MG Pilot’ driver assistance system suite that comprises Blind Spot Monitor, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Departure Warning System, as well as a 360-degree AVM, 10.1-inch floating central display and Bose sound system.
The MG HS is based on the Roewe RX5 (MG RX5)’s platform. Its specifications aren’t out, but it is expected to come with the 124 kW (168.59 PS) 1.5-litre and 162 kW (220.26 PS) 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines from the Roewe RX5. Transmission choices should include 6-speed manual (with 1.5L engine), 6-speed dual-clutch automatic (with 2.0L engine) and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic (with 1.5L engine). Only the 2.0L engine model could have an AWD system, optionally.
The MG HS will go on sale in China in September. There’s no word on a global launch for now.