Plug-in hybrid MG EHS: a smart fleet-ready SUV package
After the electric MG ZS, it is now time for the medium-sized crossover EHS to bow in Europe. This Hyundai Tucson competitor also comes with chargeable batteries, albeit in combination with a 1.5 turbo petrol engine. The result: 258 hp, 52 electric kilometres and a WLTP emission rating of 43 g/km.
The European perk car market is hot for plug-in hybrid crossovers. Logical: they combine the looks and practical aspects of an SUV with considerable tax advantages. So the EHS Plug-in Hybrid (EHS stands for Electric Hybrid SUV) arrives right on time for MG, which introduced the electric compact crossover ZS last year.
As a reminder, the former British brand was taken over in 2006 by the Chinese Nanjing Automobile Group (today part of SAIC), which started production in 2007 of a model intended solely for the local market. Since then, MG has established itself as a respectable OEM in China that builds cars fit for the discerning European customer and compliant with the stringent EU safety and emission standards.
Sizeable and well-mannered
The EHS is one size bigger than the ZS: it is 4,574mm long, 1,87 mm wide and 1,664mm tall. These dimensions put the cross-over between the Hyundai Tucson and the Ford Kuga. According to its maker, the EHS Plug-in Hybrid offers class-leading leg and shoulder room in the rear thanks to the clever layout of the electric drive systems. At the same time, the boot has a generous capacity of 448 litres, which can be increased to as much as 1,375 litres when the rear seats are folded down.
In the interior, the designers have paid a great deal of attention to comfort and quality. The spacious and luxurious atmosphere on board is further enhanced by the 1.19m² panoramic 'Stargazer' sunroof and the led interior lighting in a choice of 64 colours.
Impressive-looking are both the 12.3 inch digital instrument panel and the central 10.1 inch touchscreen allowing intuitive operation of the infotainment system. This system includes TomTom navigation with real-time traffic information, DAB digital radio and seamless smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Peppy and thrifty
The new MG EHS uses a proven 1.5 litre turbo petrol engine of 119 kW/162 hp and 250 Nm, which works in conjunction with a powerful 90 kW/122 hp and 230 Nm electric motor. The system power is a solid 190 kW/258 hp, while the combined torque peaks at 370 Nm.
The electrons for the electric motor are stored in a 16.6 kWh lithium-ion battery, making it one of the largest in its category. This allows the MG EHS Plug-in Hybrid to drive a distance of up to 52 km (WLTP) completely electrically and therefore emission-free. With the 3.7 kW on-board charger, the battery is fully charged at a public charge point (AC) or on a 16 amp wall box in around 4.5 hours.
The petrol and electric motor send their power via an advanced transmission to the front wheels. The driving torque of the petrol engine is transmitted via a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the electric motor transmits the power via a 4-speed electronic drive unit. Together, they form a 10-speed transmission that allows the car to choose the ideal gear in all conditions, to shift smoothly and quickly and to achieve above-average efficiency. The average CO2 emission of the MG EHS Plug-in Hybrid stands at 43 g/km (WLTP).
The advanced drive technology of the MG EHS Plug-in Hybrid not only guarantees exceptional efficiency and the ability to drive fully electrically, but also for driving pleasure. Thanks to the high power and torque of the power sources and the immediate reaction of the electric motor, the MG EHS Plug-in Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds.
5 EuroNCAP stars
MG also sets great store by safety, as evidenced by the five stars awarded to the petrol variant in Euro NCAP's safety tests, as was the MG ZS EV. The excellent safety score is partly due to the extensive range of assistance systems bundled under a thing called MG Pilot. These include Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Information System, Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning.
Deliveries start in January. All MG EHS come with a 7-year factory warranty on both the car and the electric drivetrain.
Photo credit: MG Motor, 2020