MG HS: the plug-in hybrid that wants to revolutionize the genre reveals itself a little more

MG HS: the plug-in hybrid that wants to revolutionize the genre reveals itself a little more
MG HS: the plug-in hybrid that wants to revolutionize the genre reveals itself a little more

The MG HS begins to reveal its athletic silhouette.

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The Sino-British manufacturer MG, which has enjoyed some success in France and even in Europe with its MG4 electric compact, will unveil its new plug-in hybrid SUV, called HS, on July 11.

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The model, which aims to shake up the segment, will be presented at the Godwood Festival of Speed ​​and will be positioned in the C-SUV segment.

We recently told you about all the future models coming from MG, with simple or rechargeable hybrids as well as electrics. The HS is therefore the first of them.

Un design simple

It will compete with models such as the Citroën C5 Aircross, the Volkswagen Tiguan or the Hyundai Tucson PHEV and Kia Sportage PHEV.

The HS will have more than 100 km of electric autonomy.

© MG Motor

A competitor from China, which is also coming to Europe, will be the BYD Seal U, which could eventually receive the manufacturer’s new plug-in hybrid powertrain, allowing up to 2,000 km of autonomy.

The video released by MG suggests that the HS will sport a relatively bulky grille flanked by side vents, like the MG3 city car. The pointed LED lights will be connected by a chrome strip.

The manufacturer avoids showing too much, but we can see a rather dynamic general line, the full-width rear lights with a geometrically shaped light signature or the generously curved rear wings and the sloping roofline at the rear.

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No view of the cabin is revealed, but MG promises “an interior with improved space and a range of new driver-focused technologies“.

Several choices of engines

The new MG HS will offer, from its launch, a simple combustion engine as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain. These will be followed, in early 2025, by the non-plug-in hybrid engine of the MG3, with 195 hp.

Even though plug-in hybrids will become less interesting in the coming years due to new European rules, MG remains very confident and thinks “shake up the market with this car“.

To do this, it should benefit from a larger battery than that of its competitors, which will allow it to travel more than 100 km without burning a single drop of oil.

As a reminder, the current MG HS relies on a 16.6 kWh battery and delivers a combined power of 258 hp. The range of the model, which will soon be retired, is only 52 km where the C5 Aircross boasts 64 km and the new Tiguan 100 km with its 19.7 kWh battery.

However, MG is expected to stick to its old ways and offer aggressive pricing. And this while the company, which is dependent on the SAIC group, will be subject to customs duties of almost 50% from July 4, 2024.

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