MG Motor Australia has introduced a new topline model to the ZS range, the MG ZST. It’s powered by a 1.3-litre, turbo-petrol engine driving the front wheels through six-speed automatic transmission.

The Chinese built, British named, MG rides on 17-inch two-tone machined alloy wheels and Michelin 215/55 R17 tyres. Red brake callipers complete the sporty look.

Black is the colour of the moment in the automotive business, so MG has hopped onboard with the redesigned front grille having a slick black gloss finish framing the MG badge. Black high-gloss is used on the door mirror housings as well as side sill inserts.

There are new front and rear bumpers matched with front foglamps, front and rear smoked LED headlights with 21 LED lighting units (front) and 8 LED lighting units (rear).

Inside, the ZST has soft-touch materials throughout the cabin, artificial leather upholstery on the seats, a leather-wrapped perforated steering wheel and gear selector, and a front leatherette centre armrest.

Connectivity is provided by no fewer than five USB points; two in the front, two in the rear and, cleverly, one beside the rear view mirror to power a dash camera.

There are heated seats for the front occupants and the driver has a six-way powered seat.

MG ZST has a 1.3 turbo engine, in place of the 1.0-litre used in the others in the range. The 1.3 provides 115kW and 230Nm of torque

The MG ZST has a large 10.1-inch touch screen infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard

Safety items are Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB); Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Traffic Jam Assist (TJA); Intelligent Cruise Assist (ICA); Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Parking safety is simple as the ZST comes has a 360-degree camera with integrated parking monitor that shows a simulated view in both 2D and 3D, giving an accurate reading of what the vehicles surrounds are.

Oddly enough, we haven’t even seen a new MG ZST in the flesh. The launch was done in Sydney and we took part online from our Queensland branch.

As soon as life gets back to a new normal we will get into one and come up with our thoughts on the larger engine and the upgraded styling inside and out.

New MG ZST prices start at $28,490 plus on-road costs.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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