MG is doubling down on plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV). A few months ago, the British-Chinese automaker rolled out the PHEV version of the popular ZS crossover, which should expand the brand's appeal to those looking for a cleaner, more efficient vehicle. Now, MG is adding yet another plug-in model in the form of the eHS PHEV.
But before we get to the eHS PHEV, what exactly is the MG HS?
The MG HS is the latest crossover from MG besides the recently facelifted ZS. It's larger than the ZS, and it's aimed at the compact crossover category that includes the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4. The HS is available with either a 1.5-liter turbo or a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which makes an impressive 220 PS and 350 Nm of torque. However, the plug-in HS has specs that could make PHEVs sound a lot more exciting.
Unlike other PHEVs that use a small engine paired to an electric motor, the eHS PHEV gets a lot more power than the gas-fed models. It uses the same 1.5-liter turbo that's good for 170 PS, but the electric motor puts out 90 kW or 122 PS. Now here's the exciting bit: it has a combined output of 292 PS. While it's not as much as the RAV4 PHV (304 PS), a compact crossover that's knocking on the door of 300 PS sounds enticing.
Not only that, but the eHS also offers a healthy dose of torque thanks to its electric motor. While the standard HS makes 250 Nm, the addition of electric power bumps that up to a diesel-like 480 Nm. With that much power coursing through its axles, MG claims that their electrified crossover can do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 6 seconds flat. Despite offering that much performance, MG claims that the eHS can sip as little as 1.3 liters for every 100 kilometers. That's equivalent to 77 kilometers per liter.
Even though the eHS PHEV has fuel economy and the environment in mind, we can't help but think MG has made a high-performance crossover. While we don't think it will be chasing sports coupes around corners, the idea of a family crossover getting to highway speeds faster than larger-engined SUVs is amusing. The best part is, it's not thirsty on fuel either.
Does the MG eHS have the potential to be the one-car solution for all? The only way we'll know is if MG Philippines decides to bring this model here.