The MG ZS facelift has been awarded a 5-star crash safety rating by ASEAN NCAP. The model tested was the base 1.5-litre ‘C+’ made in Thailand and sold in Vietnamese and Thai markets.
Petrol-powered ZS facelift scores five stars in ASEAN NCAP’s crash tests
Base C+ variant used for the test
The ZS’s total weighted score was 81.00 out of 103.00
MG ZS petrol safety score
Adult occupant protection
Out of a maximum score of 36.00 for adult occupant protection, the ZS scored 32.27 points. The SUV secured 14.27 points out of 16.00 for the frontal impact test, a full 16.00 out of 16.00 for the side impact test, and 2.00 out of 4.00 for the head protection technology available with the ZS.
Protection for the driver and front passenger’s head and legs was rated good. However, chest protection for the driver was rated marginal, while chest and right knee protection for the front passenger was rated adequate.
As the ZS scored 90 percent in the adult occupant protection test, with a weighted score of 44.82, it secured a 5-star rating.
Child occupant protection
The ZS secured 40.96 out of maximum of 49.00 points for child occupant protection, scoring 14.00 out of 16.00 in the frontal impact test, 8.00 out of 8.00 in the side impact test, 9.98 out of 12.00 in the child seat installation assessment, and 9.00 out of 13.00 in the vehicle-based assessment.
Again, as the ZS scored 84 percent in the child occupant protection test, with a weighted score of 20.90.
The variant of the ZS tested was the base C+, which is equipped with dual front airbags, ABS, ESC, and a seatbelt warning system with retractor, pre-tensioner, and load limiter for the driver and front passenger. In terms of additional safety kit, the ZS can be had with side and curtain airbags as optional extras.
In comparison with the adult occupant and child occupant protection tests, the ZS scored a lower 61 percent in the safety assist assessment, obtaining a weighted score of 15.28.
MG ZS facelift India launch details
As mentioned earlier, the ZS tested by ASEAN NCAP was the Thai-made, petrol-powered example sold in the Vietnamese and Thai markets. Although it isn’t available in India yet, it has previously been spied testing on our roads.
The combustion engine variant of the ZS that is likely to make its way to India is the 1.0-litre, direct injection petrol powered model – the unit produces 111hp and 160Nm of torque, and is likely to be mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The ZS has a claimed top speed of 180kph and a 0-100kph time of 12.4s.
The combustion-engined ZS is expected to make its way to MG showrooms in India in the first half of this year and is likely to come with a mild facelift. Provided MG equips it well, and with an expected starting price of Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom), the ZS could have a good chance at finding favour with Indian car buyers.
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