MG Motor is gearing up to launch the ZS petrol variant in India not too long from now. This most of us already know by now. Many of us might not be aware that MG may not even call the next ZS a ZS. While there is quite a lot of discussion going on online about the whole “new name” thingy, one thing is for certain. One of the main reasons for all this internet chatter has to do with the British marque recently trademarking the name ‘Astor’ in India. As it is with companies and their upcoming product, MG Motor hasn’t mentioned anything regarding this whole renaming drama.
What is guaranteed for now is that the ZS’s facelifted iteration will be reaching India later this year. The launch of the new ZS will surely boost growth in sales for MG Motor’s star player in the segment. Since its debut, the MG ZS EV (the electrified sibling of the regular ZS) has been scoring well in terms of its sales. Moreover, the ZS EV’s success has also made MG an even more renowned brand in the Indian market. But while its fame and success have thrust this former obscure marque near the limelight, it needs more. And that is exactly what the petrol-only version of the ZS will get it.
The Indian automobile market has seen several ups and downs in the past year. But what it has gained over that period is people’s fascination with electric cars and intrepid curiosity of relatively unknown nameplates. While models like the Hector and ZS EV have done quite well for MG Motor in India, there is still room for growth. Not everyone needs an SUV the size of a Hector, but also, not many are prepared to buy an EV right away. The arrival of the petrol-powered ZS will allow MG to capitalize on this middle ground, where buyers still prefer petrol over electricity. Yes, with petrol prices scorching wallets all over the country, EVs sure look tempting.
However, no matter how expensive it might be, filling-up your car with petrol does take less time. And on this front, the upcoming MG ZS (err… Astor?) will be more appealing to many. One of the other factors that might make the ZS petrol a better deal for some would be the fact that it is the facelifted iteration. On the other hand, the ZS EV on sale in India right now is still the pre-facelift model. This means that the new ZS will boast cosmetic updates to freshen up the overall look. MG will achieve this by revising the design of the bumpers, headlamps, front grille, and tail lamps. While the general design and shape of the ZS petrol will be identical to its EV sibling, the changes made will make a difference to some.
On the inside, the upcoming MG ZS petrol might get a few updates over the outgoing EV variant. This might include a new 10.1-inch touchscreen system and a redesigned center console. Then again, these are what the international version of the new MG ZS comes with. It is still unclear whether or not these changes make it to the India-spec model. That said, it is likely MG will bring these to our market as well.
In India, buyers of the new MG ZS may have two petrol engines to choose from: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a 1.3-liter turbo four-popper. The turbo-petrol engine makes 160hp and 230Nm, while the naturally-aspirated unit produces 104hp and 141Nm. Do note that these are what these engines are rated at in some foreign markets. MG could give buyers up to three transmission options as well – a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic, and a CVT.