MG Motor India will soon be adding a new member to the ZS family, a facelifted petrol-only variant, inbound early next year. For the time being, the MG ZS is only sold in its environment-friendly EV avatar and is priced from Rs 20.88 lakh to Rs 23.58 lakh (ex-showroom). In comparison, the upcoming 2021 ZS that is headed our way will be the facelifted version that is currently sold in some international markets. This means that the petrol-only variant will have a slight advantage over its outgoing EV sibling once launched. It will also be cheaper. The Chinese-owned British carmaker showcased its entry-level model at the 2020 Auto Expo, before debuting the ZS EV a little while later. By the beginning of October 2020, MG had already moved 1,000 units of the ZS EV.
In terms of its appearance, the facelifted MG ZS is quite a handsome-looking crossover. While it maintains the overall shape general design of the outgoing EV model, the facelifted car is slightly longer and taller. Apart from that, the petrol version will also get newer front & rear bumpers, a honeycomb-design front grille, and sleek LED projector headlamps with different LED DRLs. Up front, there is a larger air dam and a more muscular hood as well. Other changes include a different design for the fashionable alloy wheels and LED tail lamps, plus dual faux exhaust tips and an air diffuser at the back. While more styling bits-and-bobs may be implemented, they probably won’t be as noticeable. Moreover, the petrol variant of the facelifted ZS will likely boast about 20 liters more boot space than its EV stablemate.
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While it hasn’t been confirmed yet, the facelifted MG ZS will come with an updated design on the inside. The features and standard equipment list will be quite lengthy, too. The most apparent design update can be seen along the center console and climate control buttons/switches. Firstly, you get a tablet-like 10.1-inch touchscreen head unit which is bigger than the 8-inch unit on the EV. Then, there the different controls and positions for the air-conditioning buttons – the latter now sport a toggle design. MG has also revised the center pedestal area and it now gets posh-looking grab handles that are wrapped in leather. Of course, a conventional gear lever has replaced the rotary dial seen in the EV version, whilst a larger armrest occupies the portion between the front seats. What has remained the same on this facelifted ZS is the driver-centric and ergonomic layout of the center console.
In typical MG fashion, the facelifted ZS will be packed with plenty of features. Depending on the trim level, you can have a panoramic sunroof, full-leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, electronic parking brake (automatic variants), 360-degree parking camera, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, front & rear USB charging ports, cruise control, selectable drive modes etc. The ZS also comes with 6 airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, ISOFIX rear seats, plus a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
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The facelifted MG ZS could be offered in India with two petrol engines. Transmission choices will likely include a 5-speed manual gearbox and a CVT on the 1.3-liter turbo-petrol motor, while the 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder might get a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Internationally, the 1.5-liter engine in the ZS petrol version makes 104hp and 141Nm of torque. It is capable of pushing the MG ZS to a top speed of 175 kmph and can get it to 100 kmph in under 11 seconds. Meanwhile, the punchier turbo-petrol unit cranks out 160hp and 230Nm of twist. This should be able to take the ZS to 100 kmph in less than 9 seconds, with top speed closer to 180 kmph. As for its expected price tag, the facelifted MG ZS petrol variant could start from between Rs 12 to Rs 13 lakh (ex-showroom).