MG Motor UK Launches Facelift MG HS SUV in the UK
We knew it was coming, it was always a matter of when. We are very excited to report that MG Motor has officially announced the updated MG HS for the UK, with prices starting at £23,495 on the road.
The most notable external change is a new front bumper, front grill and front headlight design, but there are several interior improvements too.
Two trim variants will be available – SE and Trophy – both offering MG’s 1.5L turbo-charged four cylinder petrol engine delivering around 162hp and a top speed of 118mph. Both trims offer the option of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. Combined fuel consumption is reported at 37.9mpg in the manual and 36.6mpg in the automatic.
Cruise cruise control is available on the manual transmission, while the DCT has Adaptive Cruise Control like its predecessor.
The SE trim includes a new 18’’ diamond cut wheel design, as well as bi-function LED headlights with front and rear sequential indicators for the first time, air conditioning, satellite navigation, rear parking camera with sensors, rain sensing wipers, keyless entry and a leather steering wheel as standard.
The Trophy trim expands on this by adding leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual zone climate control, ambient interior lighting, rear privacy glass and an upgraded 6-speaker audio system.
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Both models also get a revised rear end with dual exhaust pipes and new rear LED taillight clusters. A new paint colour, Urban Grey, has been introduced in response to the current popularity of grey cars over silver. New 18-inch diamond-cut wheels have also been introduced.
Changes on the Inside
Inside the new look car, there is an updated infotainment system. The 10.1-inch touchscreen display of the previous model is retained, but benefits from uprated electronics behind the scenes which should result in faster, smoother and more reliable operation (much like the infotainment update delivered in the facelift ZS EV). The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster behind the wheel is also retained, but updated. New soft-touch materials have been added throughout the cabin, with the Trophy model also benefiting from the addition of ambient lighting.
Safety equipment across both options include a rearview camera (but sadly not the 360 degree camera system from the ZS), rear parking sensors and the MG Pilot drive assist package..
Let’s Address the Elephant in the Room – The Hybrid
You will notice we’ve made no mention of a facelift hybrid model. That’s because there isn’t one, at least not yet. MG Motor UK will continue to sell the existing pre-facelift hybrid model for the time being. The facelift and updates only apply to the petrol model at this time.
This may simply be MG Motor clearing stocks of the HS PHEV out of the production line and the dealer network before introducing a comparable updated version, or it could be an indicator that the hybrid might be phased out in the UK by the all-electric MG Marvel, long rumoured for a UK launch. This, of course, is simply speculation at this point.
The new MG HS can be pre-ordered from your local MG dealer right now. No news on when demo models will begin appearing in the dealer network, but when we know we will pass this on.