A hybrid model of Australia’s best-selling small SUV has been revealed, although it’s unclear whether or not it’ll come right here to satiate robust hybrid demand at this stage.
The 2022 MG VS relies on the ZS household of SUVs, which in Australia contains the petrol-powered ZS and ZST and the electrical ZS EV.
We’ve contacted MG Australia to verify if there are any plans to deliver the VS right here and await a reply.
The small crossover is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with 80kW of energy and 142Nm of torque, mated with a 70kW electrical motor, a 2.13kWh lithium-ion battery, and an digital repeatedly variable transmission.
Whole system output is 130kW, although there’s no mixed torque determine or gasoline financial system determine accessible.
It additionally incorporates a KERS mode to assist recharge the battery whereas the car is slowing down. There are three selectable ranges.
MG has visually differentiated the VS from the associated ZS with a extra angular entrance finish design that includes a ‘Electrified Matrix’ grille design, which has a particular diamond sample.
There are massive entrance cut-outs that characteristic blue trim components forming an arrow.
Inside, the VS’ inside intently resembles that of the Lomemo from sister model Roewe with twin 12.3-inch screens in the identical housing, with the centre touchscreen that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
There’s additionally an accessible panoramic sunroof, surround-view digicam and wi-fi charging pad.
The centre console rises as much as meet the sprint, creating a big storage shelf beneath à la the bigger H6 from rival model Haval.
As on the outside, blue trim components might be discovered contained in the cabin.
The VS seems to do with out the MG Pilot suite of energetic security and driver help options discovered on Australian-market ZST and ZS EV fashions.
Have been it to come back right here, the VS would function a competitor for the upcoming GWM Haval Jolion Hybrid, set to reach right here within the fourth quarter of this 12 months.
The Jolion Hybrid has a complete system output of 140kW and 375Nm, with Thai gasoline financial system figures placing its mixed ranking at 4.2L/100km.
Hybrid chief Toyota has the majority of the hybrid choices at this finish of the market – Yaris Cross, C-HR, upcoming Corolla Cross – however different latest introductions embody the Kia Niro and Honda HR-V.
There are lots extra hybrid small SUVs, nevertheless, that aren’t bought right here. These embody the Renault Captur, Hyundai Kona and Suzuki Vitara.
MG has but to supply a traditional hybrid model right here, nevertheless it sells the electrical ZS EV and the plug-in hybrid HS +EV.
The ZS EV will obtain a heavy replace this 12 months, whereas subsequent 12 months MG will introduce one other electrical model within the MG 4 EV.
MG additionally plans to introduce the petrol-powered MG 5 small sedan subsequent 12 months, which CarExpert understands would be the model’s first model in Australia to be sourced from Thailand.
MORE: The whole lot MG ZS