The latest images of the MG ZS petrol SUV give us a glimpse of the cabin which looks identical to the ZS EV’s cabin. The internal combustion engine (ICE) version of the SUV could be launched later this year.
Images of the MG ZS petrol SUV have yet again surfaced online and this time around we get a sneak peek at the upcoming SUV’s interior as well. While we do not get a clean look at the cabin, the images do hint at the fact that the interior will largely remain identical to the electric version of the SUV, the MG ZS EV, which has been on sale in India for about a year now. We get to see elements like the three-spoke flat-bottom multi-functional steering wheel, the large touchscreen infotainment at the centre and silver accents on the dashboard. Rumour has it that the SUV could be called MG Astor in India. In fact, last year the company even applied for a trademark, however, as of now the name has been catagoriesed as ‘Opposed’ on the patent website.
One of the images also gives us a close look at the upcoming MG ZS SUV’s all-digital instrument cluster which will come with a tonne of information. At the centre, it gets a large MID unit that shows all the vehicle setting along with a digital image of the SUV itself. As for other features, we expect to SUV to come with automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and of course, MG Motor India’s i-Smart connected car system.
With regards to the exterior, the SUV is still heavily camouflaged so there is not new to add here. Visually, the India-spec MG ZS is likely to borrow its cues from the UK-spec car, which means it will get a new functional grille, restyled projector headlamps with LED DRLs, a muscular bumper with a wide air dam and stylish fog lamps with black accents. The SUV will get underbody and wheel arch cladding, along with roof rails, blacked-out exterior elements, and new LED taillights among more. This time around the SUV also gets new alloy wheels which are similar to the ones we have seen on the existing ZS EV.
Engine options and other specification are still unknown, however, in the UK, the SUV is offered with a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated motor that is tuned to develop 105 bhp and 150 Nm of peak torque, along with a hybrid version that gets a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, offering 108 bhp and 160 Nm of peak torque. However, it’s possible the India spec model might get the same 141 bhp, 1.5-litre petrol engine that currently does duty on the Hector, which also comes with an optional mild hybrid system.