MG’s ZST now the high flyer in the small SUV market
The MG brand continues its rapid rise – it small ZST SUV quickly becoming the No.1 selling small SUV, sales up 480 percent this year – I thought some anti-Chinese sentiment may have slowed the brands ascendency, that’s not the case, with its value for money story, seven-year warranty and high equipment levels quickly appreciated. The front drive MG ZST, launched late last year in two 1.3-litre turbocharged models, Excite and Essence, has been expanded with two more affordable variants, the Core and the Vibe, both with 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder power. Prices kicking off at $25,490 for the ZST Core running to $32,990 drive-away for the top line Essence.
The ZST variants compliment the small ZS SUV that catapulted the brand onto the market in 2016 – the ZST pitched at a more premium, tech focused audience. This week MG launched Precise Price Servicing – fixed priced service costs every 10,000kms or 12 months, whichever comes first, the first service cost for a ZST Essence for example fixed at $253. The turbocharged Excite and Essence are the ones to own, the equipment staggering including a panoramic sunroof, synthetic leather seats, I know what you’re thinking, but they’re good quality, a 6-way power driver’s seat, tyre pressure monitoring and 17-inch alloys plus MG’s suite of active safety technology dubbed MG Pilot.
I’m David Berthon
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