MG is gearing up to begin the local assembly of its vehicles in Pakistan. Teasers of its enticing lineup of cars have caught the fancy of many, however, they have also given rise to pertinent questions

A senior MG official who requested discretion spoke to ProPakistani about MG’s future plans. He stated that MG’s assembly plant is almost complete and it will begin its operations in the 2nd half of 2022.

The first cars to go on sale will be locally assembled MG HS 1.5T and 2.0T All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) variants. The 1.5T is already on sale while the 2.0T AWD has been on display at various dealerships periodically.

As is evident by its name, the 2.0T AWD variant features a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes up to 224 horsepower (hp) and 360 Newton Meters (Nm) of torque and sends it to all four wheels via a 6-speed DCT automatic transmission.

Its appearance and features are mostly the same as the existing 1.5T variant, meaning that it is a well-equipped and practical crossover SUV with more power. It is safe to speculate that the HS 1.5T’s price will be reduced due to being locally assembled, however, the 2.0T AWD variant will target a more niche market with a larger price tag.

The company also plans to launch a more powerful variant of its subcompact SUV dubbed the ZST. MG will offer it as a locally assembled SUV, just like its bigger counterparts.

It has a turbocharged 1.3 liter 3-cylinder petrol engine that makes 161 hp and 230 Nm of torque which it sends to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Being a high-end variant, the ZST will have a few improvements in terms of features over the normal ZS.

MG is likely to position the ZST as a competitor to the Peugeot 2008, which means a larger price tag as well.

Based on teasers alone, it is safe to say that MG GT is among the most popular incoming cars in Pakistan. Its display in major cities across Pakistan gathered huge crowds and interest from potential buyers.

The yellow MG GT display car has a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 118 hp and 155 Nm of torque, which it sends to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic gearbox.The GT is a total package with a posh interior and materials, a sporty and sleek exterior, and extensive safety and convenience features. However, its price will dictate its popularity among people.

Although the official only said that MG will launch “a seven-seater SUV” next it will most likely be the RX8. Not to be confused with Mazda RX8, MG RX8 is a midsize 7-seater family SUV that competes with Kia Sorento, Changan Oshan X7, and Chery Tiggo 8.

It has a similar 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 224 hp and 360 Nm of torque, which it sends to front wheels or all four wheels (depending on the variant) via a 6-speed DCT automatic gearbox.

It also has all the modern safety and convenience features such as 6 airbags, ABS Brakes, hill-start assist and descent control, ESC, traction control, cruise control, and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).

Changan and Chery have set a precedent for MG with the launch of Oshan X7 and Tiggo 8 Pro respectively. Time will tell if MG can follow it with the launch of its midsize SUV.

Source: This news is originally published by propakistani

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