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The MG ZS is a subcompact crossover SUV produced by the Chinese owned, British automotive marque MG Motor. The MG ZS is the second SUV to be produced by MG Motor, the first being the larger MG GS, which was launched in April 2015. The MG ZS notably revives the name previously used on the MG ZS saloon, which was based on the Rover 45, and was produced by MG Motor's predecessors MG Rover from 2001 to 2005.

2018 MG ZS Exclusive 1.5 Front.jpg
ManufacturerMG Motor (SAIC Motor)
AssemblyLingang, Shanghai, China
Laem Chabang, Thailand (CPG) 14 November 2017 (MG ZS Smart)
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
RelatedRoewe RX3
  • 1.5L VTI-Tech NSE Plus I4 (petrol)
  • 1.0L GM/SAIC SGE Turbo GDI I3 (petrol)
  • Electric Motors (MG eZS)
Wheelbase2,585 mm (101.8 in)
Length4,314 mm (169.8 in)
Width1,809 mm (71.2 in)
Height1,611 mm (63.4 in)



Rear view

The MG ZS was announced in 2016, at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China. The MG ZS marked MG Motor's second venture into the crossover/SUV market. It is intended to sit below the larger MG GS, but larger than the smaller MG 3.[1] The MG ZS was subsequently launched in China, in March 2017.

The MG ZS was announced at the London Motor Show in May 2017 for the United Kingdom, and production commenced at the end of 2017. The MG ZS SUV was also shown at the Auto Shanghai Motor Show in April 2017, alongside the new concept MG E-Motion.[2]

To avoid confusion with the previous MG ZS, it was announced the ZS SUV was to be called XS in the United Kingdom, however this change of name did not occur, and to date the model is still listed as the MG ZS on the website of MG Motors for the United Kingdom.

An all electric version made its debut at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show, and is expected to go on sale in India, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Thailand and Middle East by December 2019.[3]


The ZS is powered by two petrol engines. An updated SMTC developed version of the naturally aspirated 1.5 as found in the MG3, known in this guise as the NSE Plus (formerly just NSE) the updated engine is tuned differently in each market based on locally applicable emission regulations. In China for example, the engine is tuned to deliver 120PS and 150Nm torque.

In the United Kingdom, where the regulations are more strict, the engine delivers 106PS and 141Nm of torque. The second engine is a new turbocharged three cylinder engine, developed by SAIC in conjunction with General Motors. Again in China, it produces 125PS and 175Nm torque, but in the United Kingdom, it produces 111PS and 160Nm torque.[4]


MG EZS (electric crossover)

The MG EZS is the electric version of the MG ZS. The MG EZS was introduced in 2019 on the Chinese market featuring a 44.5kWh battery and a front positioned motor producing 110kW and 350Nm to the front wheels.[5]


Calendar Year Thailand
2017 768 [6]
2018 14,669 [7]


  1. ^ "MG ZS SUV Launched On The Guangzhou Auto Show In China". Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Nissan Juke-rivalling MG ZS SUV shown at Shanghai motor show". Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  3. ^ "MG eZS electric SUV to be launched in India in December 2019". Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Nissan Juke-rivalling MG ZS SUV shown at Shanghai motor show". Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  5. ^ "NMG EZS specs". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Thailand cars sales report 2017". Thailand. Retrieved 24 Oct 2018.
  7. ^ "2018 Thailand B-SUV sales report". Thailand. Retrieved 2019-03-07.

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