China's SAIC readies MG Plug-in hybrid for overseas markets
SAIC Motor plans to deliver the Plug-in version of the MG HS compact crossover to international markets.
After launching in the domestic market, the vehicle will be first exported to UK and Singapore, the state-owned automaker said last week. «It will join the EZS pure electric vehicle to speed up MG brand’s process to go global» it added. SAIC did not provide more details on its export plan for the vehicle.
The Plug-in MG HS went on sale in China at the Guangzhou auto show last week, with a starting price of 189,800 yuan ($26,960) after government subsidies.
The vehicle was built at SAIC’s newly constructed plant in Ningde, a city in the east China coastal province of Fujian. The factory, which opened in September, will serve as the company’s export center.
The Plug-in hybrid is fitted with a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and SAIC’s second-generation transmission dedicated for Plug-in hybrids. The engine delivers maximum power of 430 hp and maximum torque of 480 Nm. That enables the vehicle to reach 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds.