The new MG ZS is a sharper-looking crossover compared with its predecessor

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by Drei Laurel | Jul 6, 2020
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Slowly but surely, MG is proving itself to be a major player in the local auto industry. Here is a carmaker whose products were, just a few years ago, considered Chinese offerings hiding under a British name. Now? The company’s vehicles are steadily growing in number on Philippine roads.

A big part of the MG’s newfound success was Covenant Car Company’s (TCCCI) decision to bring in more attractive products. One of these offerings is the MG ZS, a competitively priced subcompact crossover with great looks.

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If you like the ZS that’s available here, you’re going to hope TCCCI follows up its success by bringing in the refreshed version, which wears a new face that’s noticeably sharper to look at than its predecessor’s.

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The headlights are no longer joined together by the front grille, and the new lower fascia and foglight housings give off a much more rugged vibe than before. There’s considerably less black plastic up front, too, while sleeker headlights and a more minimal use of chrome on the grille boost the vehicle’s stylish appeal. The crossover runs on a set of new 17-inch alloy wheels, and gets sleeker taillights in the back, too.

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Inside, the design remains familiar. The ‘turbine’ A/C vents are still there, and the application of trim is largely the same as in the pre-facelift version. The dashboard, though, has been tweaked and now comes available with a partly floating 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The layout of the A/C controls and shift knob have also been changed, and a front armrest is now included.

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No performance upgrades have been reported. The new MG starts at £15,495 (around P955,000) in the UK market, and comes equipped with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine capable of 105hp and 141Nm of torque.

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