New MG HS SUV Debuts at Goodwood with 5% BiK PHEV Model.

MG has pulled the covers off its latest HS SUV at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed, marking a significant milestone in the brand’s 100th-anniversary celebrations. Alongside the sleek Cyber GTS Concept four-seat coupé, the new family SUV has been revamped for its second generation, boasting a blend of dynamic styling, enhanced spaciousness, and an upgraded infotainment system.

The highlight of the new HS SUV is the introduction of a longer-range plug-in hybrid option, aimed at reducing company car tax bills for drivers. Despite the advancements, the model retains its reputation for great value, which has solidified its position as a top-selling vehicle in the UK. Recent data from SMMT reveals that the first-generation HS still ranked as the eighth best-selling new car in the first half of 2024.

The engine lineup for the latest generation includes a brand-new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine starting at £24,995, delivering 169hp of power and achieving 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds. The base model comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, with an optional seven-speed DCT automatic transmission also available.

For those seeking a greener alternative, the plug-in hybrid variant starts at £31,495, combining a 142hp 1.5-litre petrol engine with a 209hp (154kW) electric motor, resulting in a rapid 0-62mph acceleration in just 6.8 seconds. The model boasts a 24.7kWh battery and a 67kW starter generator that enables an impressive electric-only range of up to 75 miles, qualifying the new HS PHEV for the advantageous 5% Benefit-in-Kind rate for the upcoming 2024/5 tax year.

Visually, the new HS SUV sports a more striking design with a wider and longer footprint, incorporating a longer wheelbase to enhance cabin space, all while maintaining a sleek and reduced height for a modern aesthetic appeal. The front grille showcases MG’s latest design language, echoing the style of the new MG3, while the slim headlights connected by a central black panel accentuate the car’s width. The LED taillights follow a similar aesthetic, introducing an eye-catching X-shaped design.

Inside, drivers can revel in additional storage options and enjoy an increased boot capacity of 507 litres, providing ample space for everyday needs. The model offers two trims – SE and Trophy – with standard equipment including a duo of 12.3-inch displays, live navigation services, access to Amazon Music, and seamless smartphone connectivity through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Upgrading to the Trophy trim for an extra £2,500 unlocks a host of deluxe features such as 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, front fog lights, electrically adjustable and folding heated door mirrors with memory, an electric six-way driver’s seat, a power tailgate, a 360-degree surround-view camera, an eight-speaker audio system, wireless smartphone charging, and Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) functionality for PHEV models.

All models come equipped with the advanced MG Pilot package, encompassing a suite of safety features like active emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection, lane keep assist, blind spot detection, driver attention alert, and more. DCT models include additional features like adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, and intelligent speed limit assist for added peace of mind on the road.

The anticipated MG HS is now available for ordering, with the petrol variant set to hit the roads by the end of July. The plug-in hybrid models are expected to arrive in showrooms by the end of September, offering eco-conscious drivers a compelling choice in the SUV segment.

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