MG has introduced a new plug-in hybrid version of its HS crossover as the firm expands its range of electrified models.
The HS was introduced last year as the firm’s largest crossover – rivalling the likes of the Nissan Qashqai – but until now has only been sold with a single petrol engine. That’s changed now, though, with the introduction of a powerful and efficient new PHEV model, the first MG hybrid.
Mating together the model’s existing 1.5-litre petrol engine to an electric motor and battery, the HS Plug-in produces an impressive 254bhp – noticeably more than the 160bhp found in the standard car. MG claims it can also hit 60mph in just 6.9 seconds. A new 10-speed automatic gearbox is also created from combining a six-speed auto with a four-speed electronic drive unit.
But it’s the hybrid’s running costs that will be of more importance, with the model able to run on electricity for 32 miles, allowing for CO2 emissions of 43g/km. No fuel economy figure has been given yet. MG claims the battery can be charged from flat to full in three hours.
The plug-in’s styling remains the same as the standard car, only with the addition of a charging flap at the driver’s side rear of the car, as well as a new Pimlico Blue paint colour, which was first seen on the MG ZS EV last year.
Two trim levels are available, with the range starting with the £29,995 Excite model. Standard kit is generous, and includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a 360-degree parking camera and a large 10.1-inch touchscreen. Upgrade to the £32,495 Exclusive version to get LED headlights, an electric tailgate and panoramic glass roof.
MG already has the ZS EV as its first electric car, and is introducing this new plug-in hybrid model at the same time as the new MG5 electric estate car. The brand is now the UK’s fastest-growing car company, and is aiming for 50 per cent of its sales to be for electrified models by the end of next year.Enquire on a new MG HS