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MG reveals Nissan Juke rival


New supermini-sized SUV will hit the UK in 2018 with 1.0 petrol and 1.5 diesel engines


he Nissan Juke-rivalling MG ZS SUV was unveiled at last week’s Guangzhou motor show and is set to go on sale in the UK in mid-2018 at the earliest. The ZS will join the MG line-up beneath the existing GS SUV, although its styling differs quite dramatically from its larger sibling as the brand attempts

to push upmarket. It has a much bolder front end that features the Anglo-Chinese car maker’s new Jaguar-like grille, headlights that extend into the grille frame and a heavily structured bumper. When the car arrives in the UK, engines are expected to include the 1.5-litre diesel unit used in the GS, where it

produces 164bhp and 184lb ft of torque and is sold with the choice of six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearboxes. The ZS will also get a 123bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 125lb ft of torque. MG UK’s head of sales and marketing, Matthew Cheyne, confirmed that other

powertrains are still under development but are expected to be part of the launch line-up. According to Cheyne, the car will not be called ZS in the UK. However, he said the final name will be made up of two letters to fit in with the coda established by the GS. The new SUV is expected to be shown at next year’s London motor show.

Prices and specifications aren’t finalised, but Cheyne indicated that the new car would offer lots of equipment for considerably less money than rivals. This would put the new SUV in direct competition with Ssangyong’s Tivoli, which costs from £12,950 — nearly £4000 less than the Juke. MARK ANDREWS

NEW MG 6 SISTER CAR REVEALED The next-generation MG 6 is expected to be based on this Roewe i6, which was unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show last week. In China, the i6 will have three powertrain options: a 123bhp 1.0-litre threecylinder petrol engine with 125lb ft of torque, a 1.5-litre petrol unit (also used in the GS) that produces 164bhp and 184lb ft of torque, and a plug-in hybrid that combines the 1.0-litre petrol unit with an 82bhp electric motor. MG’s current 6 is based on

MG ZS will be renamed and join the GS as the firm’s second SUV

the Roewe 550, which was launched in 2008 using a shortened Rover 75 platform. By 2010 the saloon had morphed into the 6 hatchback. Reports suggest that MG may drop the 6 model name and use ZT instead as it moves back towards a lettering system to identify its cars.

Electric hypercar heralds new NextEV road car brand CHINESE-BACKED ELECTRIC car company NextEV launched a new road car division called NOI at the unveiling of its limited-run 1360bhp hypercar last week. Called the NOI EP9, the hypercar is a two-seater with four inboard electric motors and gearboxes developed in collaboration with NextEV’s Formula E team. The car’s combined power output equates to one megawatt and enables it to cover 0-62mph in 2.7sec and reach 194mph.

NextEV claims the car has lapped the Nürburgring in 7min 5.12sec, just eight seconds slower than the Porsche 918 Spyder’s time, and produces twice the downforce of a Formula 1 car. This halo model, of which just six examples will be made, will be preceded by the launch of a mainstream, massproduced EV for China next year. Details of this are still top secret, but a spokesman said it’s being considered for Europe and US.

NOI EP9: 194mph, 0-62mph in just 2.7sec, 1360bhp



The Renault Clio RS16 concept — powered by the Mégane RS’s 271bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine — won’t make production because company bosses don’t want to divert attention from the upcoming sports car from Renault-owned Alpine.

Vauxhall will return to the BTCC in 2017 with a two-car Astra team run by Power Maxed Racing. The team has already taken delivery of Astra bodyshells and is setting about building the racing cars in time for pre-season testing.