New MG HS Plug-In Hybrid arrives in New Zealand, battery warranty increases on new energy vehicles

MG Motor’s first Plug-In Hybrid delivers customers the best of both worlds, combining high performance with lower emissions. With access to electric energy, but with the reassurance of a traditional engine, the new HS comes complete with a range of innovative features including the marque’s Driver Safety Technology System, MG Pilot Stylish, sporty and spacious, the premium new SUV is available from $52,990 (+ORC), and is currently eligible for a Clean Car Programme rebate of $5,750 - effectively reducing its price to $47,240 (+ORC) New, unlimited kilometre battery warranty applicable to MG ZS EV and MG HS PHEV

MG Motor New Zealand has released details of the new MG HS Plug-In Hybrid, a premium new SUV which combines the best of both worlds, uniting remarkable performance and technology with low-emission practicality. 

The MG HS Plug-In Hybrid is available from $52,990 plus on-road costs and is backed with a 7-year, unlimited kilometre battery warranty and a 5-year unlimited kilometre vehicle warranty, providing peace of mind to customers. 

A low-emission vehicle with a striking design, the new MG HS Plug-In Hybrid balances refined features and elegant design with practicality and innovative technology. Features include a panoramic Stargazer sunroof, 360-degree camera, a 12.3” virtual instrument cluster, 10.1” colour touchscreen, and heated and electrically adjustable leather sports seats with Alcantara trim. Included as standard is the MG Pilot Driver Safety Technology system, a comprehensive suite of active and passive driver assistance technologies. 

The MG HS Plug-In Hybrid’s new technology combines performance and technology with low-emission practicality. Equipped with 63km  of electric range – perfect for the day-to-day commute – the plug-in hybrid can reduce emissions by up to 50-70 per cent. 

Peter Ciao, CEO, MG Motor New Zealand, said: “The new MG HS Plug-In Hybrid brilliantly showcases the intelligence and innovation we have available within our brand. It offers our customers the opportunity to experience new energy innovation, while remaining in the comfort of a true SUV that is equal parts stylish, sporty and spacious. 

“The MG HS Plug-In Hybrid is our first plug-in hybrid, our second new energy vehicle, and one that we’re delighted to bring to our New Zealand customers as part of our commitment to making new energy vehicles mainstream in New Zealand.” 

The best of both worlds 
The MG HS Plug-In Hybrid unites impressive performance and technology with low-emission practicality. New hybrid technology provides access to electric energy, but with the reassurance of a traditional engine to offer MG customers more choice in their day-today drive. 

The MG HS Plug-in Hybrid has a top speed of 190km/h and dynamic acceleration, which achieves 0-100km in 6.9 seconds. Powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, the stylish, premium SUV has a pure electric driving range of 63km  from a single charge. Using Intelligent Hybrid Energy Management, the vehicle intuitively identifies and adapts power output depending on the road conditions, whilst actively learning the operator's individual driving style to adjust power and rationalise the battery ratio accordingly. 

The MG HS Plug-In Hybrid’s total output from the electric motor with the 1.5L turbo combustion engine is 189kW of power and 370Nm of torque. This delivers an impressive 1.7L/100km combined cycle fuel consumption and 39g/km CO2 emissions . 

As a plug-in hybrid, the model comes equipped with a standard 3-Pin Home Charger, to be plugged in next to the petrol intake, providing convenient home charging options to customers. 

MG Motor is leading the charge in new energy vehicles, with a goal to make them mainstream and accessible for all. This aim is shared by parent company, SAIC Motor, who in 2020 saw new energy vehicles sales total 320,000 globally, a year-on-year increase of 73.4 per cent . For new energy vehicles – that’s the second fastest growth rate in the world. 

SAIC has invested heavily in electric as well as other new energy vehicle technologies, processes and battery production, making it one of only a handful of automotive manufacturers to own its EV supply chain. 

Premium design 
The low-emission MG HS Plug-In Hybrid reflects the sporty-flair that is familiar to the wider MG HS range. Featuring a striking design with sleek lines, abstract 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels and LED ‘London Eye’ daytime running headlights, the model carries both a stylish and premium look on both its interior and exterior. Elsewhere, the panoramic Stargazer sunroof transforms the cabin into a spacious, light and enjoyable environment. 

Exclusively available in top-of-the-range Essence specification, the model also boasts sporty metal trim pedals, one of the largest panoramic sunroofs in the SUV segment, and heated and electrically adjustable leather sports seats with Alcantara trim. 

Top of mind safety 
Continually committed to the highest standard of occupant safety, the new plug-in hybrid also comes with the brand’s Driver Safety Technology system, MG Pilot, which includes driver aids such as adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot detection, providing robust protection to keep the driver focused on the road ahead. 

Following on from the MG ZS EV’s focus on battery safety and availability, the 16.6-kilowatt battery within the MG HS Plug-In Hybrid has also been developed to the highest quality and safety standards, in MG Motor’s own battery production facility. 

Interior and technology 
Entering the cabin via the MG HS Plug-In Hybrid’s handy keyless entry system, the model includes as standard a 10.1” multi-function colour touch screen with 1280p HD resolution, as well as built-in satellite navigation and integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While the interior six-speaker 3D surround sound audio system allows for an immersive drive experience. 

A premium 12.3" Virtual Instrument Cluster dominates the interior, offering a comprehensive display of the vehicle's performance and allowing the driver to control and monitor their drive with ease. Further, the vehicle has a 360° Surround View Camera, ensuring full visibility and control when navigating tight parking spaces or tricky manoeuvres. Offering a sporty yet luxurious finish, the MG HS Plug-In Hybrid also includes customisable ambient lighting for a truly bespoke experience. 

Built for every day, the MG HS Plug-In Hybrid offers the practicality of a medium SUV with ample interior headroom for all occupants, plenty of interior space, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats allowing for a maximum boot space of 1,275 litres. 

The MG HS Plug-In Hybrid is available at MG dealerships around New Zealand now*.

*At appropriate Covid-19 Alert Level and following MOH Guidelines

For more information on the MG HS Plug-In Hybrid, please visit: 
MG HS Plug-In Hybrid | MG Motor New Zealand

MG HS Plug-In Hybrid specifications: 
$52,990 plus on-road costs
Eligible for $5,750 Clean Car rebate

Standard features include:
 One variant/Trim level
Abstract 18-inch, diamond cut alloy wheels
Front seat heating
Panoramic sunroof
Sporty metal trim pedals
LED ambient lighting
LED ‘London Eye’ daytime running headlights
Welcome lights
Electric tailgate
Smart keyless entry
360° Surround View Camera
12.3" fully digital instrument cluster with built-in satellite navigation
10.1” multi-function colour touch screen with 1280p HD resolution
Interior six-speaker 3D surround sound audio system
Soft-touch two-tone front leatherette Sports Seats with seat heating (driver and passenger)
Driver's 6-way Electrically Adjustable seat
Front passenger's leatherette, 4-way Electrically Adjustable Seats
Dual-zone climate control
Rain sensor wiper with timed heating
Electric door mirrors with heating
Full LED headlights with automatic illumination
Front and rear reading lights
LED tail lights with sequential illumination
Front fog lamps and ‘Follow me home’ delayed headlight illumination
Repair Kit
MG Pilot Driver Safety Technology, consisting of:
Adaptive Cruise Control
Forward Collision Warning 
Automatic Emergency Braking
Lane Assist System
Traffic Jam Assist
Blind Spot Detection
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Intelligent Headlamp Control
Intelligent Speed Assistance System

Exterior Colours
Phantom Red, metallic paint
Clipper Blue, metallic paint
New Pearl White, metallic paint
Sterling Silver, metallic paint 

Dimensions of MG HS Plug-In Hybrid
Length: 4,574mm
Width including mirrors: 1,876mm
Height: 1,685mm
Wheelbase: 2,720mm
Kerb weight: 1,775kg
Maximum trunk space: 1275L

MG HS Range Pricing (Plus on-road costs)
Vibe    $32,990
Excite    $35,990
Essence    $39,990
Essence Anfield    $40,990
AWD Excite X    $39,990
AWD Essence X    $45,990
Plug-In Hybrid    $52,990
Eligible for $5,750 Clean Car rebate

In New Zealand, the MG3 Auto, MG ZS, MG ZST, MG HS and MG HS AWD are accompanied by a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, while the MG ZS EV and MG HS Plug-In Hybrid sees a 7-year, unlimited kilometre battery warranty and a 5-year unlimited kilometre vehicle warranty, to provide owners with significant peace of mind.

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