2021 MG ZST lands in Australia, gets 1.3 turbo power

September 2, 2020

MG Motor has launched a new SUV in Australia, called the ZST. It comes in as the flagship version of the ZS, bringing in more advanced technology, enhanced safety, and extra power.

The ZST extends on the ZS’s styling, complemented by crisp new LED headlights and LED taillights, a gloss black front grille, and various black trimmings including for the side mirrors and side sills. New front and rear bumper bars give the ZST a bespoke look as well, finished off with bespoke 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels wearing 215/55 tyres.

Under the bonnet is a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine that develops 115kW of power and 230Nm of torque. This is matched up to a six-speed Aisin-sourced automatic transmission. Acceleration across 0-100km/h hasn’t been mentioned but the top speed is 185km/h. Fuel consumption over the official combined cycle is 7.1L/100km.

Inside, passengers are treated to a 10.1-inch touch-screen multimedia interface packing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, as well as sat-nav and a six-speaker sound system. A 360-degree parking camera is standard, along with keyless entry and start, and a synthetic leather interior trim with contrast stitching.

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Two trim lines are being offered in Australia, including the Excite and Essence. The top Essence adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, fully digital instrument cluster, panoramic glass roof, and heated front seats. There’s also unique 17-inch alloy wheels and red MG logos inside.

Both models come with the new MG Pilot safety suite as well. This includes autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot warning, adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist. Intelligent headlights and speed assistance are also standard. ANCAP is yet to provide a safety rating, but as a guide the standard ZS has been rated four stars in the past. This more advanced ZST is expected to pass five-star credentials.

The MG ZST joins the popular small SUV market segment as one of the better-value propositions available. Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs):

MY2021 MG ZST Excite 1.3 turbo auto: $28,490
MY2021 MG ZST Essence 1.3 turbo auto: $31,490

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.