These days, if an automaker wants to sell boatloads of cars, they should build a crossover. Anglo-Chinese automaker MG has taken this idea seriously as they have recently updated the popular ZS. But they also have another crossover that is geared towards the compact crossover market, the HS.
Directly competing against the likes of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Forester, it is a turbocharged five-seater that offers style and practicality in a neat package. But how exactly does it stack up against the competition?
There are the two engine options, and they look rather promising. The base engine is a 1.5-liter, turbocharged mill. It's good for 170 PS and 250 Nm of torque, possibly making it a peppy crossover. But if that's not enough, there is a 2.0-liter option which is also turbocharged. That one makes an impressive 220 PS and 350 Nm of torque.
Other oily bits? You can have the 1.5-liter turbo with a manual transmission, which could make it a delight for those who still prefer to shift through the gears on their own. For those who'd rather have a self-shifter, a seven-speed dual clutch transmission is also available. As for the 2.0-liter turbo version, that only comes with the a six-speed DCR. The base model is front-wheel drive only while the top-spec variant is available with all-wheel drive.
Inside, there's a comprehensive infotainment system much like the one found in the MG6 liftback. There's also a fully digital instrument cluster, as well as a wide 10.1-inch touchscreen. There's also an option to bring in more light into the cabin thanks to a sizable panoramic sunroof that spans the whole roof of the crossover.
We've driven the HS earlier this year and first impressions were favorable. The reason we're bringing it up again is because of our neighbors in Thailand. This month, this model will be released over there and it could be a sign that it's headed here too.
Of course, MG Philippines hasn't mentioned anything about it yet, but it is a promising product nonetheless. Though it begs the question, will the MG RX5 be replaced by the newer HS if it arrives in the Philippines? Watch this space.