MG HS plug-in hybrid SUV coming to UK

MG HS family SUV set for electrification with plug-in hybrid powertrain

MG HS

MG is to launch a plug-in hybrid version of its HS SUV in the UK, the company's Chinese parent group SAIC has said. The car has appeared first in China, and will be exported initially to Singapore and the UK.

It'll join the pure-electric MG ZS EV in the brand's UK range and face competition from plug-in hybrid family SUVs such as the Ford Kuga, Renault Captur, Kia Niro, MINI Countryman, Mitsubishi Outlander and Peugeot 3008.

In China, the plug-in hybrid HS is priced at 189,800 yuan after government subsidies, equivalent to just over £20,000 at the time of writing. However, the final on-the-road price in the UK is likely to be somewhat higher.

Under the metal, an electric motor and battery pack are paired with the same 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine used in the conventional MG HS, which has just gone on sale in the UK for a little under £18,000.

MG is claiming a 6.6-second 0-62mph time for the hybrid version of the car, compared to 9.9 seconds for the petrol variant.

A plug-in hybrid version of the MG 6 saloon is also sold in China using the same drivetrain, but is unlikely to appear in the UK due to the limited market for more affordable saloon cars here.