The British automaker with Chinese parenting is gearing up for the introduction of its latest model – a small crossover that is incredibly designed to resemble a host of international models.
The MG ZS has shed its camouflage as Chinese media has managed to grab hold to official images of the upcoming crossover. We’re used to Chinese brands delivering copycat models to international successes – but for a brand with tradition to do so is very much a surprise. The exterior appearance – especially the front – seems to have been lifted with little modification from the Mazda CX-3 – and we’re expecting the owners of the Kodo design language to sue when the official reveal ends.
The rear end design is the only thing original, being influenced by the bigger MG GS, though even here we could have bitter comments. The bumper with the skid plate and the hidden exhaust tip are different from the GS – lending the smaller brother a more rugged appearance. The ZS is expected to use a shortened version of the GS architecture, with the engine – 1.5-liter with 164 horsepower (122 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque – being carried over. Transmission options include a six-speed manual gearbox or MG’s first dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic.
Via Auto Express