- 2020 MG HS Excite SUV

Bye bye GS, hello HS as MG upgrades SUV lineup

MG Motor Australia has revealed its new SUV, the HS - which launches with the long awaited MG Pilot safety package, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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IT'S goodbye to the GS and hello to the HS over at MG Motor Australia, as the company unveiled in its brand new 2020 MG HS SUV in Sydney today, the occasion also marking the official unveiling of its Sydney City MG dealership.

Bigger in every way than the model it replaces, the HS range starts at $30,990 drive away, and is the first local model to be equipped with the MG Pilot driver assistance suite, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

MG Pilot adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, auto high beam and speed assist; a new system designed to keep the car under the speed limit.

Other safety features include traffic jam assist, brake disc wiping, a carpet airbag in the floor, ABS, and a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines and audible parking sensors.

Available in two variants, the Vibe and Excite, the new model features a very European design aesthetic, and a quality feel throughout the cabin. There's even plenty of leg and head room in the back.

Offered with a 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty and roadside assist for the entire warranty period, the good looking SUV could well change people's perceptions of the now Chinese owned brand.

"We're not just launching a new model, we're redefining the MG brand," product design manager Akshat Ahuja said at the launch event, the significance of the location (as the spiritual home of the original MG brand in Australia) not lost on the attendees.

A long list of standard features makes the Vibe the perfect entry level mid-sized SUV, while the Excite variant offers some added extras too, including a red Super Sport button that when pressed, increases throttle response and rpm, and enhances the steering.

The Super Sport button on the 2020 MG HS Excite

The Super Sport button on the 2020 MG HS Excite

The Vibe rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, with the Excite sitting atop 18-inch wheels. Externally the two offerings are in fact, very similar, with full LED lighting, paddle shifters and SatNav among the add-ons for the Excite.

Both variants are powered by the same 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, featuring multi-point direct injection, and mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The package delivers maximum power up to 124kW and 250Nm of torque.

Inside, the MG HS features a large 10.1-inch full colour touchscreen infotainment system situated front and centre of the dashboard, while cooling cup holders, push button ignition and key-less entry complete the package.

Multiple USB charging points are available front and rear, while the Excite scores an electric boot lid. Some 423-litres of boot space will feature on the two variants, with split fold rear seats giving way to a total cargo load space of 1,237-litres, when laid flat.

In addition to the standard features across the range, the 2020 MG HS Excite gains welcome lights, trophy badges, dynamic indicators, rain-sensing wipers, and dual zone climate control with a dust filter.

Expect to hit showrooms in December, the 2020 MG HS SUV is priced at $30,990 drive away for the Vibe variant, and $33,990 drive away for the Excite edition.

2020 MG HS Excite

2020 MG HS Excite

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Comments (8)

  • I sat in an MG3 not long a go, an Uber in Brisbane, can’t say I was particularly impressed by it. I just haven’t got the MG thing since it became a Chinese brand. I guess part of that is down to me being a grumpy Pom who used to own a couple of MG ZT’s (and a Rover 75) but also before the company went tits up had a full factory tour around the 75/ZT production plant at Longbridge, so may be a little nostalgic (and I’m not really grumpy). I appreciate they have a 7yr warranty but I don’t think I could bring myself to owning a Chinese built car, I moan enough about the quality of Chinese products already! OK, may be I am grumpy. :)

      8 months ago
    • Maybe lol. The new HS is a monumental step up over even the MG3 and the GS it replaces in terms of build quality and specs. We will be taking one for a proper spin soon...

        8 months ago
    • To be fair, it looks OK, it’s not offensive looking like some of the Chinese cars and utes.

        8 months ago
  • The 7 year warranty is incredible but I’m not sure if I’m ready to pay $30,000 for an MG, I would rather look into the Japanese alternatives.

      8 months ago
    • The warranty offering is massive for MG but I also think that's a reflection of how far the brand believes they have come.

      The build quality looks to be great. We will drive one in the new year.

        8 months ago
    • I really do think they have come a long way in the last 5 years and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it in the flesh. In the images and on paper it seems great, I especially like the design and “Super Sport” button.

        8 months ago
  • Just please MG, make a sports car for goodness sake. Like you're meant to.

      8 months ago
    • We talked about that very thing yesterday. The brand has lots of future plans but were coy about what new models might be on the horizon.

        8 months ago
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