Yesterday kick off the start of the 2017 London Motor Show and one of the biggest moments of the show was the reveal of the new MG XS, the brand’s anticipated Nissan Juke rival.
MG has stated the reason for the ‘XS’ name is because ‘X’ means ‘extra’, referring to better specification, whilst the ‘S’ stands for SUV…which stands for Sports Utility Vehicle of course. Going back to the ‘extra’ part of the name, the XS represents a step up in quality from the Chinese-owned brand as it looks to phase in a new design language.
This means the XS receives ‘eye’ headlights, which are somewhat reminiscent of those on the Mazda CX-3 as well dynamic lines and a more aggresive looking grille. This visual upgrade continues inside where the interior materials are of a better quality as well as switchgear that looks more premium than that found on the pre-existing GS.
Full prices and specification are yet to be revealed, but what we do know is that the new model will be offered in a choice of two engines and either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed auto, but four wheel drive will not make an apperance. Not that this will be missed by the majority of buyers of course. Price has not been announced, but it’s likely to be in the same ball park as the SsangYong Tivoli, meaning prices will be below £13,000. It will hit the UK market towards the end of this year.
Matthew Cheyne, Head of Sales and Marketing at MG Motor UK, commented: “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 customer gets extra, for less!”
I actually caught up with Matthew for a quick chat about the new model and the brand’s direction, check out the video below: