MG Aims For Nissan’s Juke Sales Charts

New supermini-sized SUV will hit the UK in 2018 with 1.0 petrol and 1.5 diesel engines

The Nissan Juke-rivalling MG ZS SUV was unveiled at Guangzhou motor show and is set to go on sale in the UK in mid-2018 at the earliest.

The ZS will join the MG line-up beneath the existing GS SUV, although its styling differs quite dramatically from its larger sibling as the brand attempts to push upmarket. It has a much bolder front end that features the Anglo-Chinese car maker’s new Jaguar-like grille, headlights that extend into the grille frame and a heavily structured bumper.

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When the car arrives in the UK, engines are expected to include the 1.5-litre diesel unit used in the GS, where it produces 164bhp and 184lb ft of torque and is sold with the choice of six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearboxes.

The ZS will also get a 123bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 125lb ft of torque. MG UK’s head of sales and marketing, Matthew Cheyne, confirmed that other powertrains are still under development but are expected to be part of the launch line-up.

According to Cheyne, the car will not be called ZS in the UK. However, he said the final name will be made up of two letters to fit in with the coda established by the GS. The new SUV is expected to be shown at London motor show this year.

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MG ZS will be renamed and join the GS as the firm’s second SUV

Prices and specifications aren’t finalised, but Cheyne indicated that the new car would offer lots of equipment for considerably less money than rivals. This would put the new SUV in direct competition with Ssangyong’s Tivoli, which costs from £12,950- nearly £4000 less than the Juke.

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