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 and strengthen its value proposition among local car buyers, the brand's ZS Crossover SUV remains a perennial crowd favorite, currently at the top of the 5-seater SUV-B segment in the Philippines.
"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 from MG Philippines, 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," says Atty. Arcilla.
The "T" in ZST stands for "Turbo;" a
literal representation for the crossover's punchy, turbocharged, three
cylinder, 13-liter engine capable of producing 160 HP and 230 N m of torque.
And with a new 6-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
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 I 7-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.
Improved noise vibration and harshness (NVH) ensures that
cabin noise is kept to a minimum, and can further be appreciated alongside the
ZST's dynamic six-speaker system and 10. I -inch non-reflective touchscreen HD
Easily mirror your smartphone via either Apple Carla or
Android Auto, so you can be sure that your maps and other visuals will be
easily visible and free from glare. You can also monitor the ZSTs running scats
with the "Goggles" virtual instrument cluster. Additional nifty
interior features include rear air conditioner vents for rear passengers, multiple
storage compartments, and a dedicated USB port behind the rear-view mirror for
neater dashcam installations.
The MG ZST is also equipped with a host of passive and
active safety features. Front, side, and curtain airbags are standard equipment
for the ZST. Likewise, electronic safeguards such as Rear Cross-Traffic Assist,
Lane Change Assist, Cornering Lamps (built into the fog lamps,) are new
features on the ZST. The car is also equipped with Hill Hold Control, Cornering
Brake Control, Traction Control, and Vehicle Dynamic Control to name a few.
The ZST is also outfitted with a Blind Spot information
System paired with the cars intelligent 360-degree vehicle view, which gives
you a bird's eye view of the car during slow-moving traffic or when slowly
moving into tight parking spaces.
The ZSTs high value proposition is further supplemented by
MG Philippines' premium aftersales offers and services. These include a 5-year
or 100,000km warranty (whichever comes first), and I-year free periodic
maintenance service (PMS) to set your mind at ease.
MG owners can download the My MG mobile app which allows
them to easily schedule vehicle service appointments from the convenience of
their smartphones. They can also use the app to book a visit from a Mobile
Garage service caravan that provides MG owners with vehicle home service for
major technical issues. The MG HERO Services, on the other hand, provides 24/7
roadside support through the MG Philippines hotline (+632 5328 4664.)
The ZST is available in all MG Philippines dealerships
nationwide, and they accept reservations. Reservations may also be made online