With the purpose of increase sales and consolidate as one of the top 10 best-selling automotive brands in Mexico -currently it is the octave-, MG Motor has not only renewed the aesthetics and equipment to the HS, but is also adding a hybrid version of it, which is one of its own four SUV models.
As a result, MG is now joins the list of car brands that offer at least one hybrid model in the Mexican market and it does so strongly, since it is a plug-in or plug-in hybrid truck, i.e. it can drive in all-electric mode within a radius of 50 kilometers.
Who is he competing against?
Through this solution, the hybrid version of the HS, officially called eHS, is positioned as the only plug-in hybrid SUV in the segment, since neither the Toyota RAV4, nor the Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V They have the possibility of recharging the battery in a socket, as well as doing it with the regenerative system.
What advantages does a plug-in hybrid vehicle have?
Unlike a conventional hybrid car, a plug-in hybrid like the MG eHS It can roll without the petrol engine running at some point, and that’s because it has a larger capacity battery.
Once the range of the 50 kilometers in electric mode, then it already works by matching the petrol engine and the electric motor, as do its competitors.
Indeed, if you don’t go out on the street and recharge the battery after daily use, days can go by without a drop of petrol being consumed, further increasing performance.
What is the consumption?
According to official calculations of the Mexican government, the consumption of this hybrid version of the MG eHS is 47 km/l, which means that the gas tank produces more than 2,500 kilometers. And as mentioned, if you don’t travel long distances and are constantly recharging the battery, less than five hours with a conventional household outlet and two hours at 220 volts-, This number of kilometers per liter is zero.
How much power does it have?
Another of the strengths of this one MG is that the electrical system consists of a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and a 16.6 kWh lithium-ion battery electric motor, which together produce 280 horsepower and 353 lb-ft of torque.
These figures place this MG eHS as the most powerful in the segment Hybrid compact SUVs available in the Mexican market.
And the outside and inside?
Aesthetically it is identical to the regular HS which enhances its external image, resulting in a more striking and stylized style than the previous year’s model. What changes is the design of the grille and wheels 18 pcs. Inside, it features a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a digital instrument cluster, heated bucket seats and a six-speaker audio system.
And what about security?
In terms of safety, it stands out for being the first MG model with MG Pilot 3 which integrates the blind spot assistant, lane change assist, frontal collision warning, acoustic warning of a possible frontal impact; emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, cameras to get a 360 degree view.
What’s the price?
Made in China, the MG HS Hybrid recognized as eHS arrives in Mexico in a single version, with a price of $825,000.