The competition in the ardent subcompact SUV segment is heated – and it’s only going to get scorching because more and more makes enter their own contenders.
The latest to do so is the British brand MG – currently under Chinese ownership – which is ready to present their new small SUV, a rival for the Nissan Juke and others, at this week’s London Motor Show. Now an alleged leak on the company’s own website indicates the model will change the ZS nameplate used for the already revealed Chinese version in favor of XS. The MG ZS subcompact crossover has already been premiered during the Shanghai auto show, providing us with a good look of what’s in store for the European version.
The new model is scheduled to arrive in its native market of UK this November, coming in the SUV lineup just beneath the GS. The design on the other hand is drastically changed, with the Anglo-Chinese automaker employing its new corporate styling that looks a cross between what Jaguar and Mazda usually do. SAIC Design – a unit of MG’s parent company, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation – has taken care of styling, with help from design studios in China and the UK. The model is expected to use the powertrains from the larger GS, including in-house produced six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearboxes.