MG Motors new SUV – HS – has been described as the best value mid-sized SUV in Australia. MG has had ongoing growth in Australia and plans to capitalise on this opportunity with the expansion of their range. Tynan Motors will be welcoming MG Motors into the family soon.
The HS is an entirely new car, that will replace its predecessor in the MG range. It shares none of the panels and is longer (at 4574mm) and wider (at 1876mm) than the previous model.
The MG Motor Australian chief executive Peter Ciao told GoAuto at the HS national media launch, that “(SUV’s) is the biggest segment in Australia, so we want to join this segment, be competitive and give customers more choice.”
“We want to challenge everyone, and we can’t say we are number one, (but) our priority is to be number one…(and) in many points we are number one,” he went on to say.
The HS range comes loaded with standard driver-assist safety equipment including:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Forward collision warning
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Lane assist
- Traffic-jam assist
- Intelligent cruise assist
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Intelligent headlight control
- Speed assistant system, including sign recognition
Tailoring of the features in the HS can be done to suit the preferences of the driver with various levels of sensitivity.
In combination, these features make up the MG Pilot, which has been called “revolutionary” for a base-spec vehicle. The MG Pilot also includes a range of other safety feature like active yaw control, brake-force distribution, hill-holding and hydraulic brake boosters that have helped it achieve a five-star ANCAP rating.
The HS has leatherette (vinyl) seats and has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard. Bluetooth audio, 10-inch screen, keyless entry and push-button start all work to make both the pilot and the passages comfortable.
There is 463L of space in the back, that can be transformed into 1287L when the back seats are folded flat.
Both variants have a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine which provides 124kW of power and 250Nm of torque that sends drive to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
MG claimed that the 1520kg vehicle can accelerate from1-100km/h in 9.9 seconds and run a top speed of 190km/h.
MG is planning to introduce the ‘tier 3’ variant boasting a 2-litre turbocharged engine which will have 170kW and 370Nm. Additionally, MG has said that it will be able to go 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds. Alongside the launch of the ‘Tier 3’ will be two hybrid variations.
“For the customers, there will be great choice… If you want the feeling of a pure-electric vehicle when driving, we’re a good choice, but if you worry with a pure-electric vehicle about charging it up, we’ll still give you a traditional power choice.”
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