Saturday, June 25, 2022

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MG’s first Plug-in Hybrid expands brand’s electrified drivetrain choices

The MG HS Plug-in SUV offered great value and at launch added a new dimension to MG’s electrified drivetrain line-up.  The plug-in uses the existing model’s 1.5-litre turbocharged engine which works in tandem with a 90KW electric motor to give an EV-only range of 32 miles with zero tailpipe emissions – plenty enough for most commutes.

Together the electric and petrol motors develop a combined power output of 258PS, giving the model a performance advantage, too. It has the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds. MG HS Plug-in also introduces an innovative new 10-speed transmission which works with both the petrol and electric motors to optimise power delivery and efficiency.

It’s high tech, high quality interior is matched by a dynamic package that puts it right up there among the most surefooted and engaging SUVs to drive, while comfort, refinement and pleasing details are at the fore, including a 10.1-inch colour touchscreen and 12-inch fully digital Driver Information Display.

The launch of the new Plug-in model is a crucial part of MG’s Momentum and Growth Plan, as it brings plug-in hybrid power to the sector at an incomparable price point, making a family-sized SUV PHEV attainable to those who may not realise that such a desirable car is within their budget.

It is designed to look purposeful and sporty. At the front, the latest iteration of MG’s stellar field grille perfectly frames the largest MG logo yet. At the rear, twin tailpipes and an aluminium lower bumper add a classy and sporty finish.

Exclusive versions also get LED headlights, with eye-catching LED sequential indicators front and rear.

Inside, soft-touch materials reign supreme as MG’s designers have prioritised comfort and quality to make the cabin a very inviting place. The well-appointed driving position and roomy seats make MG HS a quality space for quality family moments.

Front passengers can enjoy class leading shoulder, hip and head room with soft-touch materials in all the right places. Piano key buttons, turbine design air vents and soft-touch door cards are pleasingly tactile, adding to the sense of comfort and quality inside the car. Rear seat passengers are catered for too with the reclining seats offering bags of space, twin air vents, two USBs and a sleek fold-out arm rest, which cleverly opens to reveal storage space and twin cup holders.

It’s a well thought-out design will appeal to drivers wanting a high quality alternative to run-of-the-mill SUVs. MG is also adding a vibrant new colour with the new MG HS Plug-in – the vibrant Pimlico Blue.

Using a Type 2 fast charger, the MG HS Plug-in can be charged from zero to 100% in just three hours.

A great convenience feature offered as standard on Exclusive versions is the power tailgate. This opens up to an impressive 448 litres of luggage space. Folding the rear seats flat extends the total capacity to 1,375 litres. There’s also a dual height boot floor virtually eliminating any lip when loading items and giving a flat load area, with better luggage space than many rivals whose luggage area is heavily compromised by an EV drivetrain.

Just as in petrol versions, rear seat passengers are very well catered for. There is class leading leg and shoulder room, even with three adults in the back, while back seat passengers in Exclusive versions will also benefit from additional light coming into the cabin through the opening panoramic Sky Roof. Exclusive also gets power-adjustable sports seats in what is already a well-appointed cabin.

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Extending the quality across the dashboard is a tactile soft-touch finish with contrasting stitching.

One of the key features of MG HS Plug-in is its high-tech driver assistance suite called MG Pilot, which is carried-over from the 5 star Euro NCAP rated petrol version and comes as standard.

MG Pilot includes a number of safety aids, including Active Emergency Braking. At speeds below 27mph, the car will automatically deploy the vehicle’s brakes to avoid a collision with a car, bicycle or pedestrian. At speeds above 27mph, the vehicle will brake automatically to reduce the likelihood or mitigate the severity of any impact.

Using an intelligent combination of forward-facing radar and camera technology, MG Pilot is an excellent companion on long distance, mile-munching journeys. Lane Keep Assist will automatically intervene if it detects the car leaving lane or leaving the carriageway, providing steering input to ensure the vehicle remains on the road. Blind Spot Detection provides a visual warning to the driver of any nearby vehicles in adjoining lanes.

Another feature is MG Pilot’s Adaptive Cruise Control. By setting the target speed and following distance, the driver instructs MG Pilot to automatically adjust the car’s speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. If the road clears, MG Pilot will accelerate to and maintain the set speed. When the Adaptive Cruise Control is active, MG Pilot will maintain the vehicle’s position in the lane with minimum steering input from the driver. Intelligent Speed Limit Assist will read speed limit signs and will display the current speed limit to the driver.

MG Pilot also includes Traffic Jam Assist, which enables the car to automatically follow the car in front at speeds below 35 mph, automatically steering, braking and accelerating within the same lane. If the vehicle in front comes to a complete stop, so will MG HS, and if it moves away within a short period of time, MG HS will do the same.

Alongside MG Pilot’s active systems, a selection of warning and alert features complement the driver, maintaining safety and simplifying everyday driving. Fitted as standard with Forward Collision Warning, MG Pilot’s frontal radars will trigger a warning message if the preceding vehicle decelerates rapidly, allowing enough time for a successful emergency brake application.

Drivers can be safe in the knowledge that they have excellent visibility with the advantage of Blind Spot Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning System. Monitoring the area behind the car’s C-pillars, the Blind Spot Detection system will alert the driver, through an A-pillar mounted warning light, if the unseen area is occupied by another car. Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Door Opening Warning also help to mitigate the risk of collisions.

Two models are offered in the MG HS Plug-in line-up, starting with the Excite. The Excite is extremely well-equipped and comes with MG Pilot (detailed above), 18-inch ‘Hurricane’ diamond cut alloy wheels, leather-style trim, electrically adjustable heated front seats, auto headlamps and wipers, keyless entry, dual zone climate control, a 10.1-inch colour touchscreen with Android Auto TM and Apple CarPlay TM capability, a 360 degree parking camera and smart silver roof rails.

The upmarket Exclusive trim adds a power-operated tailgate, panoramic sky roof, full leather upholstery with ambient interior lighting which can be fully-adjusted to the driver’s preference, metal sports pedals, an electrically adjustable passenger seat and LED bi-function headlights with sequential LED turn signals.

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