Chinese MG ZS 2017 – competitor for Nissan Juke?
The MG ZS SUV is the second model in the line of crossovers and is offered at a more affordable price than the bigger brother of the MG GS platform. Both crossovers feature the latest CCA modular platform, developed by specialists from the SAIC Motor UK technical center in the UK. However, if the old GS model is equipped with an independent multi-link rear suspension (choice of front-wheel drive or plug-in all-wheel drive), then the ZS is a pure SUV with Semi rear suspension (simple torsion beam) and front-wheel drive exclusively. The engines of the subcompact crossover MG ZS, respectively, are based on less powerful (120 hp and 125 hp) than the larger counterpart of the GS (169 hp and 220 hp).
The 2017 newcomer of MG vehicles in China and the UK (perhaps the model will make it to mainland Europe including the market) will try to compete with established best-selling subcompact class like the Nissan Juke, the Sang Yong Tivoli, Chevrolet Trucks and Opel Mokka X (X Opel Mokka). At least the new Chinese SUV, there are many important arguments worth paying attention to: price, stylish appearance and modern technical stuffing.
The exterior of the MG ZS body shows the current trends in automotive fashion, and is generally very attractive. However, the compact crossover was hard to classify as a car with a super original look.
Rather, we have a kind of salad in front of us – a collective image with many details borrowed or all borrowed from other popular models of Japanese, Korean and European SUVs.
Everything that is in its place, and the complex itself looks neat, dignified and stylish.
Modern headlights with LED daytime running lights, position lights with LED filling and three-dimensional graphics, a large radiator grille, a stylish bumper, an obligatory cross attribute – a plastic body kit around the perimeter of the body, a sloping roof line and an ascending sill line form a dynamic body profile and a coupe-like stern. Light-alloy 17-inch wheels with original octagon design and 215/50 R17 tires, in compact overhangs.
Full access to the innovation salon at the exhibition in Guangzhou, visitors and automotive journalists, but, unfortunately, was not there, but … I managed to take a picture through the tinted glass and look into the interior of the new SUV from MG ZS and the availability of equipment.
Depending on the level of equipment, the novelty will receive fabric or combined (leather and fabric) seat trim, driver and front passenger seats with airbags with solid lateral support, a compact steering wheel with a thick rim, a traditional parking brake, a simple audio system, air conditioning or modern multimedia complex with touch screen and climate control.
Specifications mg AP 2017-2018.
The new Chinese compact crossover on the CCA platform (MacPherson front, rear torsion beam) disc brakes, front ventilated discs, electric power steering, ABS, EBD and EVA.
The engine compartment under the hood of an SUV can be one of the two models we offer with gasoline engines.
- Atmospheric four-cylinder 1.5-liter (120 hp 150 Nm) combined with 6 manual and 6 automatic transmissions.
- The three-cylinder 1.0-liter turbocharged (125 hp 170 Nm) is paired with a 6 manual transmission or a DCT robotic gearbox with 7 with two clutch discs.