MG to launch compact

SUV

MGXS, 2017, front
MGXS, 2017, side

MG is to expand its line up to three models in the UK with the introduction of a compact SUV later in the year.

The MG XS will sit between the GS crossover model launched last year and the MG3 hatchback and will feature a more angular design.

Two petrol engines will be available including a new 1.0-litre turbo engine which will join the 1.5-litre block already used in the GS. No diesel is planned.

Matthew Cheyne, head of sales and marketing at MG Motor UK, said: "The MG XS will be a real game-changer in the compact SUV marketplace. The meaning behind the name is simple - S stands for SUV, X means extra.

"Featuring state-of-the-art driver technology and innovative design, the new model builds on our growing reputation for capability, performance and quality, positioned at a highly-affordable price."

The XS is slated to arrive in MG's growing number of dealerships before the year is out and is likely to be priced below the GS which has an entry level price of £15,095.

Full UK specification for the XS is still to be announced although the car is already on sale in MG's parent company's homeland of China where it is called the ZS.

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