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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-05-2017, 17:41 Thread Starter
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Auto Express say that the new SUV will be the XS

Looks like XS has been chosen for the new SUV though how could someone tell that "X" as in XS is a lesser model than "G" as in GS??

I think that the MG Motor UK have completely lost it.

I still think either CS or FS would be more apt.

MG SUV to be called 'XS' in UK, electric version to follow | Auto Express

Edit: Okay, I think I know where they are going with the XS name because in clothing XS is to represent (X)tra-(S)mall but how does this fit the GS naming and why did SAIC originally change the name of the GS from GTS?


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Maybe it was a bad telephone line to China

Or it could be someone from MG Motor U.K had misheard the "F" character for an "X" on the telephone call with SAIC because of a bad line?

It would be funny it it was like the story behind why the Mitsubishi Starion was called what it was..

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Autocar has confirmed that the car will be called the XS

According to this webpage the car will be called the XS in the U.K

Looks like that they have updated the previous article with the new U.K based name.


MG XS 1.0T 2017 review
We drive MG’s upcoming Ford Ecosport rival in China-spec; good looks and a smart interior bode well for the UK version

by Sam Sheehan
19 April 2017

What is it?

The MG XS might just be the most crucial car MG has made in years. Following the larger GS SUV, the XS, or ZS as it's called in China, is the car most likely to crack the UK market, where MG’s sales have been sluggish since it was reborn under China’s SAIC Motor Corporation.

The XS is aimed directly at the Ford Ecosport – which probably makes its life a little easier given that many would argue the Ecosport is Ford’s weakest product – and will almost certainly be priced to undercut its rival which currently starts at £15,400.

We won’t know how much the XS will cost in Britain for sure until it is launched this November, but for now, we can gauge what sort of impact it might have on the market with an early drive of a Chinese spec ZS model.

The car we’re driving at SAIC’s Guangde Proving Ground in Anhui, China is a 1.0T LUX. This model’s three-pot will make it to Britain with the same 123bhp and 125lb ft of torque, sitting above a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that outputs 118bhp and 111lb ft.

Our Chinese-spec car uses a six-speed torque converter transmission, but UK automatic cars will almost certainly get a dual-clutch ‘box. The standard transmission will, however, be a six-speed manual.

What's it like?

Lookswise it’s fair to say the MG has its main rival beat, with its tauter body and more aggressive face making for a more mature exterior. Although you could argue that the win is partly due to the XS borrowing a few lines and features from other brands, like its headlights and grille which look remarkably similar to those on a Mazda CX-5.

The car sits on 17in wheels in top spec which, despite coming in attractive designs, actually look a bit underwhelming under the car’s wide wheel arches. This problem will only be accentuated on lower models, with entry cars in Britain probably getting steel wheels, with 16s for mid-level versions.

There’s no denying the cabin is a significant step forward for the SAIC-owned MG brand. The centre console is almost Germanic in its simplistic design, and it gets an 8in LCD touchscreen in higher models. The touch and feel of the interior plastic trim is also a marked step up, and high-trim versions get leather seats with leather-clad door and dash trim.

Legroom in the back is better than the Ecosport and the boot is also generously sized despite featuring a space saver wheel under the floor. Admittedly, with the seats folded down, the Ecosport edges ahead for maximum storage, offering 1238 litres of space to the ZS’s 1166 litres.

Our drive in the XS is limited to a coned off test track but immediately the technical course shows that the Chinese-spec car has a noticeably more body roll than the Ecosport and nothing in the way of steering feel.

The car also lacks the agility of sportier offerings like the Mazda CX-3 and even the Ecosport edges ahead for driver engagement, suggesting the XS’s softer ride might hamper B-road enjoyment. Although, like the larger GS, there’s a strong chance that UK cars will get a retuned setup.

Our car’s powertrain feels strong and its three-cylinder tone as good as any other in this class. But the China-spec automatic gearbox is sluggish and unresponsive, emphasising the importance of a dual-clutch option for British cars.

Should I buy one?

If MG can adapt its XS to the UK with a dual-clutch automatic option and also dial out some of the car’s body roll, the car stands in very good stead. Especially if it’s priced a good margin lower than its main rivals (we're guessing from around £12,500), who will offer better depreciation and brand prowess.

If MG can address all of that, the XS will represent good value for money as well as being a refreshingly attractive new entry into this segment. It could therefore quickly become the marque’s best-selling model in Britain. No pressure.

Location China; On sale November; Price tbc; Engine 3 cyls, 1.0-litre, turbo, petrol; Power 123bhp; Torque 125lb ft; Gearbox 6-spd automatic; Kerb weight tbc; Top speed tbc; 0-62mph tbc; Economy tbc; CO2/tax band tbc

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The name was leaked by MG themselves..

Looks like MG couldn't even get the launch right..

MG XS name given to new Nissan Juke-rivalling SUV

MG’s upcoming small SUV will be officially named at this week's London motor show, but an online leak has revealed its name

by Jimi Beckwith

2 May 2017

MG XS is the name given to a new compact SUV that will rival the Nissan Juke this year.

MG was planning to announce the car's name at this week's London motor show, but a leak onto the manufacturer's website revealed it would swap the ZS moniker given to it in the Chinese market for XS.

When it goes on sale in Britain this November, it'll slot into the MG line-up beneath the existing GS. Its styling differs dramatically from the larger model, receiving the Anglo-Chinese car maker’s new Jaguar-like grille and Mazda-like headlights.

The new SUV has been styled by SAIC Design – a division of MG's parent company, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, with input from its design studios in China and the UK.

The new design language aims to provide the new MG with a more upmarket appearance than the GS, with greater attention to detailing and surface forms than we’ve seen in recent MG models.

Original plans for the second MG SUV model were made public with the unveiling of the retro-inspired MG Icon concept at the Shanghai motor show in 2012.

Shared engines with the GS

Autocar has already sampled a turbocharged 1.0-litre version of China's XS model with 123bhp, but a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre engine, based on the one in MG 3.

The GS's six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will likely be offered in the XS - both produced in-house at SAIC.

UK marketing boss Matthew Cheyne told Autocar that the production model will add new engines to MG's range as well, with a hybrid and electric version both in the pipeline. These could also be used in the next-generation MG 3, although that model's UK debut is a long way off.

Price and arrival date

Cheyne told Autocar that, like the GS, the new car would offer a large amount of equipment for considerably less money than rivals. This strategy puts the as yet unnamed car in direct competition with the Ssangyong Tivoli, which costs from £12,950 - nearly £4000 less than the Nissan Juke.

Larger SUV due later

MG’s SUV line-up will be completed by a larger SUV, similar in size to the Nissan X-Trail.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed that MG has grown by more than 40% in certain months compared with the same periods last year.

By expanding into other popular segments like the small SUV market, MG hopes to increase its currently diminutive market presence - it had 4200 registrations last year.

Additional reporting by Greg Kable

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Cars with unfortunate names

On the subject of unfortunate names for cars, I found this article about this subject.. enjoy!

10 Most Unfortunate and Funny Car Names (funny car names) - ODDEE

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