MG unveils ZS destined for Australia

MG Motor has unveiled its brand-new MG ZS, the first internet-connected SUV from the brand, at Auto Guangzhou 2016 – the 14th Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition.

By Barry Green

The cutting-edge, intelligent internet system provides each user an independent ID to log into the car. The MG ZS also uses natural semantic technology, which allows users to open and close the sunroof, regulate the cabin temperature, playback music and request navigation, all by command. This hands-free operation allows drivers to focus on driving.

The car also boasts flexible adaptive navigation, using real-time map updates. The system is capable of independent route planning, map zooming by speed, and responds quickly to any road condition, MG says.

Under the bonnet is parent company SAIC’s NetBlue power technology – a 1.0-litre, naturally-aspirated turbo engine using in-cylinder direct injection producing up to 93kW of power and 170Nm of torque.

First Australian deliveries are expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Established in 1924, MG is one of Britain’s first automobile brands, with a heritage of more than 90 years in the industry. The brand has won several awards over the years, including world’s fastest, best-selling, and best quality racing car. MG stands for Morris Garages.

Today, MG Motor UK Limited (MG Motor) is based in the United Kingdom and is a subsidiary of SAIC Motor UK, which in turn is owned by the Shanghai-based SAIC Motor.

The brand has a technical engineering and design centre in Birmingham, where more than 300 specialist engineers are working on developing and designing MG cars.