2020 MG HS Review

December 7, 2019

2020 MG HS Review

The new-generation MG GS mid-sized SUV is one of the products that will lead the global rollout of China’s SAIC Motor. Pay attention, because this company means business.

China’s biggest auto conglomerate, Shanghai’s SAIC Motor, is busily spreading into international markets like Australia, and the new MG GS (also called HS) is a vital component of its plan.

It’s a conventionally-designed and well-made mid-sized SUV rival to some of the market’s heaviest hitters – offerings such as the Mazda CX-5Nissan X-TrailToyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson, to name but a few.

It should arrive on Australian shores from the fourth quarter of 2019 in place of the outgoing GS and sitting above the keenly-priced ZS urban crossover which is racking up a few hundred sales here each month.

SAIC Motor’s international division has marked Australia out as a key MG market alongside its spiritual brand home in the UK, setting up an expensive factory-backed distributor reporting directly to HQ.

It’s part of a wider SAIC Motor plan to internationalise, since joint-venture (JV) agreements to produce GMs and Volkswagens in China still comprise the lion’s share of its staggering seven-million unit annual vehicle production tally.

With this JV model now being scaled back by the central government, SAIC Motor must diversify. Furthermore, with Chinese domestic demand more prone to fluctuation now, going global with MG and LDV gives it extra protection.

The GS/HS’s mechanicals stack up pretty well against established contenders. It’s 4574mm long on a 2720mm wheelbase, weighs around 1700kg and has a middling 463L boot, with the back seats flat-folding when needed.

Entry grades use a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine with class-competitive 126kW/250Nm, while the higher grades use an in-house 2.0-litre turbo-petrol with 170kW (equal to a Mazda CX-5 turbo) and 360Nm, from 2500rpm.

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