MG launches super-affordable SUV in the Middle East

Posted on Feb 15, 2018 by

Chinese manufacturer is still on a product offensive, launching an aggressively priced ZS targeted at budget-conscious buyers

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Fresh after launching the bigger RX5 , British-Chinese manufacturer MG is ready to further expand its crossover range with the compact ZS that’s just been announced for sale in the Middle East.

Starting from a scarcely believable AED44,000, the 2018 has the bargain-bin segment pretty much all to itself because even the Romanian-built Renault Duster and Chinese-made Haval H2 cost over 50 grand.

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The latest MG joins the line-up as the third crossover in the company’s Middle East portfolio, because that’s what everyone’s buying now. Available in three trim levels starting with the 1.5-litre STD model, the 2018 ZS made its regional premiere at the Saudi motor show this past December, with much talk of the brand’s British heritage going back to 1924.

You can make up your own mind about the exterior design, while the interior features an eight-inch touchscreen to control the infotainment system (Apple CarPlay compatible), as well as features such as remote start and stop and vehicle tracking.

MG says the car affords 448 liters of boot space, plus 60:40 split rear seats, and luxury kit like a panoramic sunroof and a two-tone leather interior.

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All 2018 ZS models get a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with efficiency in mind (fuel economy is quoted at less than six liters per 100km) producing in 119 horsepower and 150Nm of torque in GCC-spec (while in Europe the engine is rated at 105 horsepower). With an electric steering system, drivers also get the option of three steering modes including Urban, Normal and Dynamic. The engine drives the front wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission.

That’s a fairly archaic ‘box, but MG tries to make up for it in the ZS with kit like button start on all trims, electric mirrors, air conditioning, and, err, an armrest. The mid-range 2018 ZS Com model adds cruise control, parking sensor, side airbags, some LEDs, and a multifunctional steering wheel. The top-spec ZS Lux completes the line-up with 17-inch wheels over the 16s, automatic air conditioning and a rear-view camera.

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