The MG ZS and RX5 were relative surprises when they burst onto the local car scene over the last couple of years. A big part of this, of course, was their competitive pricing, but their looks had a lot to do with their sudden popularity, too. They just didn’t appear as if they were made in China.
If you thought MG’s current crop of SUVs and crossovers in the Philippines is a sight for sore eyes, you haven’t seen anything yet.
MG has just revealed the Pilot compact SUV at the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, and man is it sleek. It’s easily one of the sportiest-looking vehicles to show its face this 2020. The front-end, in particular, really gives off an impression of speed thanks to aggressive headlights, and incredibly macho fascia, a sculpted hood, and an intricate and premium-looking grille. It also runs on attractive 19-inch ‘Tomahawk’ wheels.
The interior, meanwhile, carries a much snazzier vibe in contrast to the SUV’s angry look outside. Photos show a flowing dashboard design wrapped in a generous amount of soft-touch materials. There’s a lot of premium-looking polished metal trim, leather sports seats, turbine A/C vents, as well as niceties like a Bose sound setup, a massive 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a Qi wireless smartphone charging pad. Drivers are also faced with a futuristic-looking digital instrument cluster and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Nice.
We’re also happy to report that MG appears to be backing up the SUV’s appearance with top-notch performance. It’s all-wheel-drive, and two engine options are available: A 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 228hp and 370Nm, and a 1.5-liter turbo with 171hp and 275Nm.
Not bad at all. So, do you like the MG Pilot’s appearance enough to hope it makes it to our shores? Let us know in the comments.