One could say that the MG ZS is one of the biggest sales surprises last year. They've practically become a common sight on our roads and it has helped MG become one of the fastest-selling brands in the country. But the British-Chinese marque isn't resting their laurels on their cash cow.
For 2020, MG has refreshed and updated the ZS. Revealed late last year, the automaker has gone into deeper detail in showing what changes they made to their best-seller.
From the outside, MG had given the ZS a smoother, sharper front end compared to the outgoing model. For starters, its headlights are no longer the polygonal shape with a large projector housed within its cluster. Instead, the headlights for the 2020 ZS are slimmer, incorporating a new LED light signature and lenses. Also, the headlights are no longer 'connected' to the grille, and the grille itself has been reshaped. The whole bumper was changed too, with more rounded off corners compared to the pre-facelift model.
But it's not just the front end that got a fresher look. MG also did significant changes to the rear of the ZS as well. Perhaps most noticeable are the taillights. While the shape of the cluster is still the same, the arrangement and design of the lights have been altered. The use of LEDs is more prominent this year, incorporating a 'sweeping' pattern for the taillights. MG also moved the turn signal and reverse lights to the bottom of the cluster as well.
Like the front bumper, the rear has been smoothened out and rounded off at the corners. The rear bumper also has new faux air outlets, more chrome at the bottom, and repositioned reflectors. These exterior tweaks also added 10 mm to the overall length of the ZS, which now measures in at 4,323 mm.
At first glance, it seems that the cabin is largely carried over, but MG says there are big updates in there too. For instance, the infotainment screen is much larger than the model it replaces. The infotainment cluster itself has been redesigned with new software and graphics. Also new for 2020 is the instrument cluster, which has been redesigned to show even more information regarding vehicle status. The ZS can even be specified with a fully digital cluster in other markets.
Other changes? MG added trim and color options for the inside and out, and there are new wheel options to choose from now. Power-folding mirrors have been made standard (at least for Euro-spec models), and blind-spot monitoring can be added to the crossover. Another tech option available in the ZS is a reverse camera with 360-degree surround-view monitoring.
What is carried over is the engine. It still uses the same 1.5-liter engine found in the ZS we tested earlier this year. It's good for 114 PS and 150 PS, about on par with other subcompact crossovers in its class. For now, at least, the lone transmission option is a five-speed manual. An automatic will follow eventually. MG claims that the ZS can do up to 14.6 kilometers per liter in mixed city and highway driving with a manual transmission.
As to when it will arrive here, there's no specific date yet. But given how successful sales have been over a year, we're more than likely to see it in our showrooms soon.