Chinese-owned British marque MG today released revealing images of its newest product, the Nissan Juke-rivalling ‘ZS.’ It’s slated for public debut on November 18th at the Guangzhou motor show, and if these images truthfully allude to the design of the car, what a debut it will be.
It’s clear to see that the ZS’s design is inspired by some of the more conventional offerings in the segment, like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V, rather than the (still) outlandish themes offered by the Nissan Juke. The design itself is a product of SAIC Motor, with considerable input from the MG headquarters in England, which remains a strong part of MG’s identity.
Leaked photos that have been circulating around the web has given us a 'near production' model very similar to the images released today, and gives us an idea of how some details may be toned down as the compact SUV gets closer to market introduction. Most of the design cues stay intact though, so maybe these were photos of a prepared concept car?
The ‘ZS’ should see power come from the same 1.5-litre petrol engine that sees duty in the larger GS SUV, which is still rumoured but unconfirmed for our market. The new compact SUV should go on sale in Europe in 2019, which has us believe that the ZS ‘unveiling’ later this month will be more of a concept car rather than a production-ready model.
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