MG Motor New Zealand has released details of their new MG HS Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) They’ve also announced an unlimited kilometre battery warranty applicable to MG ZS EV and MG HS PHEVs.

The MG HS Plug-In Hybrid is available from $52,990 plus on-road costs, a 47,000 premium over the top-spec non-hybrid model. It is backed with a 7-year, unlimited-kilometre battery warranty and a 5-year unlimited kilometre vehicle warranty. According to MG, the HS PHEV will do a claimed 63km of electric range, and can reduce emissions by up to 50-70 per cent. With the Clean Car Rebate, this makes it $47,240 +ORC.

Features include a panoramic Stargazer sunroof, 360-degree camera, a 12.3” virtual instrument cluster, 10.1” colour touchscreen, and heated and electrically adjustable leather sports seats with Alcantara trim. Included as standard is the MG Pilot Driver Safety Technology system, a suite of active and passive driver assistance technologies.

Peter Ciao, CEO, MG Motor New Zealand, said: “The new MG HS Plug-In Hybrid brilliantly showcases the intelligence and innovation we have available within our brand. It offers our customers the opportunity to experience new energy innovation, while remaining in the comfort of a true SUV that is equal parts stylish, sporty and spacious.

“The MG HS Plug-In Hybrid is our first plug-in hybrid, our second new energy vehicle, and one that we’re delighted to bring to our New Zealand customers as part of our commitment to making new energy vehicles mainstream in New Zealand.”

The best of both worlds

The MG HS Plug-in Hybrid has a top speed of 190km/h and dynamic acceleration, which achieves 0-100km in 6.9 seconds. Powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, the SUV has a pure electric driving range of 63km[i] from a single charge. Using Intelligent Hybrid Energy Management, the vehicle intuitively identifies and adapts power output depending on the road conditions, whilst actively learning the operator’s individual driving style to adjust power and rationalise the battery ratio accordingly, says MG.

The MG HS Plug-In Hybrid’s total output from the electric motor with the 1.5L turbo combustion engine is 189kW of power and 370Nm of torque. This delivers a claimed 1.7L/100km combined cycle fuel consumption and 39g/km CO2 emissions[ii].

As a plug-in hybrid, the model comes equipped with a standard 3-Pin Home Charger, to be plugged in next to the petrol intake, providing home charging options to customers.

Top of mind safety

The new plug-in hybrid also comes with the brand’s Driver Safety Technology system, MG Pilot, which includes driver aids such as adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot detection, providing robust protection to keep the driver focused on the road ahead.

Following on from the MG ZS EV’s focus on battery safety and availability, the 16.6-kilowatt battery within the MG HS Plug-In Hybrid has also been developed to the highest quality and safety standards, in MG Motor’s own battery production facility.

Interior and technology

Entering the cabin via the MG HS Plug-In Hybrid’s handy keyless entry system, the model includes as standard a 10.1” multi-function colour touch screen with 1280p HD resolution, as well as built-in satellite navigation and integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A 12.3″ Virtual Instrument Cluster dominates the interior, offering a comprehensive display of the vehicle’s performance and allowing the driver to control and monitor their drive. Further, the vehicle has a 360° Surround View Camera, ensuring full visibility and control when navigating tight parking spaces or tricky manoeuvres.

The MG HS Plug-In Hybrid is available at MG dealerships around New Zealand now*.

*At appropriate Covid-19 Alert Level and following MOH Guidelines

For more information, go to MG HS Plug-In Hybrid | MG Motor New Zealand

MG HS Plug-In Hybrid specifications:

$52,990 plus on-road costs

Eligible for $5,750 Clean Car rebate

Standard features include:

  • One variant/Trim level
  • Abstract 18-inch, diamond cut alloy wheels
  • Front seat heating
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Sporty metal trim pedals
  • LED ambient lighting
  • LED ‘London Eye’ daytime running headlights
  • Welcome lights
  • Electric tailgate
  • Smart keyless entry
  • 360° Surround View Camera
  • 12.3″ fully digital instrument cluster with built-in satellite navigation
  • 10.1” multi-function colour touch screen with 1280p HD resolution
  • Interior six-speaker 3D surround sound audio system
  • Soft-touch two-tone front leatherette Sports Seats with seat heating (driver and passenger)
  • Driver’s 6-way Electrically Adjustable seat
  • Front passenger’s leatherette, 4-way Electrically Adjustable Seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Rain sensor wiper with timed heating
  • Electric door mirrors with heating
  • Full LED headlights with automatic illumination
  • Front and rear reading lights
  • LED tail lights with sequential illumination
  • Front fog lamps and ‘Follow me home’ delayed headlight illumination
  • Repair Kit
  • MG Pilot Driver Safety Technology, consisting of:

o Adaptive Cruise Control

o Forward Collision Warning

o Automatic Emergency Braking

o Lane Assist System

o Traffic Jam Assist

o Blind Spot Detection

o Rear Cross Traffic Alert

o Intelligent Headlamp Control

o Intelligent Speed Assistance System

Exterior Colours

  • Phantom Red, metallic paint
  • Clipper Blue, metallic paint
  • New Pearl White, metallic paint
  • Sterling Silver, metallic paint

Dimensions of MG HS Plug-In Hybrid

Width including mirrors 1,876mm
Kerb weight1,775kg
Maximum trunk space1275L

MG HS Range Pricing (Plus on-road costs)

Essence Anfield$40,990
AWD Excite X$39,990
AWD Essence X$45,990
Plug-In Hybrid$52,990 Eligible for $5,750 Clean Car rebate
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