Since MG Philippines opened its doors in 2018, the ZS model line has captivated audiences with its stylish looks, modern safety and driver assists, and truly attainable price points for each variant. As MG continues to grow in relevance to strengthen its value proposition among local car buyers, the brand’s ZS crossover Sport utility vehicle remains a perennial crowd favorite, currently at the top of the five-seater SUV-B segment in the country.
“When we launched the MG brand in 2018, our goal was clear: To be part of the exciting and growing Philippine automotive market, and to provide Filipinos with stylish, modern, and safe vehicles — but at very attainable price points,” says Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, president and CEO of MG Philippines.
He continues, “The local market’s reception has been very encouraging indeed. In just three years, more Filipinos have chosen MG, and there are now over ten thousand MG’s on our roads, with several of those being the ever-popular ZS Crossover SUV.”
In Q4 2021, the ZS model lineup gains a new stablemate in the new, top-spec variant ZST: A fresh take on a crowd favorite, which sports MG’s updated global design language. The ZST joins the existing roster of ZS models currently available, namely: The Alpha AT, Style AT and Core MT variants.
“With the new ZST by MG, what customers get is an upgrade of all the best features of the original ZS, headlined by a responsive turbocharged engine that provides power on tap when you need that extra boost on the road,” Arcilla continues.
The “T” in ZST stands for “Turbo;” a literal representation for the crossover’s punchy, turbocharged, three cylinder, 1.3-liter engine capable of producing 160hp and 230 N-m of torque. And with a new six-speed automatic transmission with manual sports mode, drivers will enjoy smooth, efficient delivery of power to the wheels.
The “T” also stands for “Trophy,” as the ZST is the highest-spec variant of the popular crossover SUV line. Similarly, “T” connotes a turbocharged experience for the ZST in its entirety. With its numerous upgrades, and host of driver and safety assists usually found in more premium segments, the ZST is primed to boost your overall driving experience.
Boost your style
Aside from the updated engine and powertrain, changes on the ZST are more visibly apparent to the naked eye: A new, Obsidian Matrix grille and full-LED projector headlights give the ZST an athletic countenance while its 17-inch, two-tone “Tomahawk” wheels wrapped in wide, low-profile tires, and red brake calipers give the car a sporty stance. Gloss black exterior door panel accents, a widened front air dam, and reimagined body lines convey speed and power. With these, among other features, the ZST conveys a presence that is both striking and impressive; but still very approachable, and youthful in spirit.
Premium to the touch
Inside, the ZST is a treat to the senses. Carefully placed soft touch surfaces on the steering wheel, dashboard, center console, door panels, and other high-contact areas add a premium touch. To add a splash of color, fine red stitching on the seats and trim, and red embroidered MG monograms on the driver and front passenger headrests pop just right, keeping the interiors looking fresh.