In his social media post on the 14th of September, Javed Afridi has also hinted at the launch of MG HS and ZS-EV crossover mini-SUVs in Pakistan. However, in his latest post, Afridi has confirmed that these 2 cars will in fact be launched in Pakistan before the end of 2020.
Afridi posted a photo on Facebook that highlights the power and torque figures, mileage, 0-100 km time, and the number of airbags of a few popular Pakistani vehicles. The said photos also include the two MG vehicles i.e. the HS and the ZS-EV.
However, in his latest post, Javed Afridi seems to be at an event or a showroom, standing next to a banner that shows the automaker’s global product lineup, confirming in the caption that the aforementioned 2 cars will in fact be launched in Pakistan this year.
The HS is a compact crossover SUV that has 2 common engine options, i.e. the 1.5 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that makes 169 horsepower, and a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that makes 231 horsepower. Both engines can be mated to a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed DCT, or a 7-speed sportronic DCT gearbox.
The ZS EV is an all-electric version of the HS that has a 44.5 kWh battery that powers a front-mounted electric motor that makes 105 kW (140 horsepower) and 350 newton/meters of torque.
The vehicle is equipped with features such as a push-start-stop engine button, a 10.1-inch tablet-like infotainment interface with climate control and radio, navigation, multimedia, Bluetooth and smartphone connections, cruise control, front ambient lightning, sport mode button placed at the center of the steering wheel and paddle shifters.
The ‘trophy edition’ of the HS can be had with added features such as red leather interior, sport mode switch (at the center of the steering wheels), paddle shifters, 360 view reverse camera, “Trophy” badge exterior, a punchier 1.5 liter turbocharged petrol engine with 7-speed DCT sportronic transmission.
Since it is a compact crossover SUV, it is likely to go up against the likes of Honda Vezel/HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Corolla Cross, BAIC X25, and other compact crossover SUVs in the market. The price of the HS is likely to be between 4.5 million and Rs. 5 million, whereas the ZS EV is likely to be priced between Rs. 5.5 million and Rs. 6 million. Details are yet to be revealed on whether the car would be a CKD unit or a CBU.
The cryptic nature of Afridi’s initial post left a question in our minds as to whether or not this particular vehicle is actually coming to Pakistan. However, his latest post confirming the impending arrival of the automaker has everyone waiting in excitement for the new vehicles. Things are starting to look promising for the Pakistani auto industry for sure.