New 2019 MG HS spied testing ahead of UK release

New Qashqai rival from MG has already been revealed in China, but these spy shots show right-hand-drive car for UK is imminent

MG’s new HS SUV has been spied in right-hand-drive form for the first time, ahead of a UK launch later this year.

The HS, revealed in China towards the end of last summer, is a new C-segment SUV offering from the Chinese owned marque intended to rival the likes of the Renault Kadjar and Nissan Qashqai. 

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It’s positioned above the ZS in the brand’s line-up and is effectively a replacement for the GS, which will be removed from sale just four years into its lifespan when the HS arrives in UK MG dealers.

The final design is based heavily on the X-Motion concept revealed last April, and the HS bears a clear linkage with the smaller ZS, using the brand’s latest design language. The wheelbase measures up at 2,720mm – 74mm extra over the Nissan Qashqai. 

Final UK specifications remain unclear, but in China the HS is supplied with two four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, 1.5-litres and 2.0-litres in size. The range topping 2.0-litre develops 225bhp, while a plug-in hybrid variant of the HS is likely to appear too.

The HS will receive MG’s latest infotainment and technology, comprising of a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, a 10-inch touchscreen display, and MG Pilot driver assistance features including lane-keep-assist and adaptive cruise control.

MG intends to field a three-strong SUV selection in a five-vehicle global line-up. The HS will be the brand’s largest SUV when it arrives but only for a short while. A flagship D-segment model is in the pipeline, and could feature seven seats. 

Speaking to Auto Express last year, MG’s UK head of sales and marketing, Daniel Gregorious said: “We’ll end up with a range of five core vehicles, including three new energy vehicles: two plug-in hybrids and one battery electric.

“The range will be effectively new MG3, ZS, our new C-SUV [HS] and a new D-SUV… Then the electric hard-top roadster from 2021”.

Now read how the MG ZS fared when we pitted it against the Citroen C3 Aircross and SEAT Arona in an Auto Express triple test here.

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