MG’s latest high-rider takes the brand’s SUV offering up to three; it’s expected to reach the UK in coming months
The HS goes on sale in China in September, but isn’t confirmed for a UK launch, so remains a China-only car for now.
In China, it will be sold alongside the GS, a similarly-sized SUV introduced in the UK in 2016, although it’s not yet known if it’ll replace or sit alongside the GS here. The GS, says MG, is due for replacement in early 2019, however, which would correllate with the time the car would take to reach the UK after its Chinese debut, should the HS be the replacement for the GS.
Styling is taken directly from the X-Motion concept, albeit slightly toned down, while the interior follows the more colourful, high-end example set by the new 6, revealed earlier this year. A high-end Bose sound system is highlighted by the manufacturer.
The car also gets a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3in digital dashboard in place of traditional dials, and a 10.1 inch central infotainment touchscreen.
It also features MG’s MG Pilot driver assistance system, thought to be MG’s take on semi-autonomous systems sweeping the market, incorporating lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control.
A blind spot monitor is also available. Top-end cars get a red leather interior with Trophy sports seats, and a 64-colour ambient lighting system.
The car’s engine range is topped by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with 225bhp and 266lb ft of torque, with four-wheel drive eand a Super Sport mode. Dimensions of the car have not yet been revealed, but it’s based on the China-only Roewe RX8, so has a wheelbase of 2720mm – 74mm longer than that of the Nissan Qashqai.