100% impartial car reviews, news and comparisons

2021 MG HS PHEV here in March 2021

MG has confirmed its competitor to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is on track to arrive in Australia in March, with 75km of electric range.


The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is about to get some competition from China. The plug-in hybrid MG HS is on track to touch down in Australia in March, with the promise of class-leading electric range.

With a claimed electric range of 75km, the HS PHEV has the on-paper credentials to put the upcoming plug-in hybrid Ford Escape (50km) and Mitsubishi Outlander (50km) in the shade.

UPDATE, 19/02/2021: MG has confirmed the HS Plug-In Hybrid will be in Australia in March 2021.

How the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV set for reveal next year will compare isn’t clear, but a longer electric range than the current 50km is likely.

The HS PHEV is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 90kW electric motor and a 16.6kWh lithiumion battery. Power is sent to the front wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission, with no all-wheel drive option available.

CarExpert understands MG Australia is hoping to have the PHEV here in the first half of next year, but timing hasn’t been confirmed.

MG claims a combined 217kW of power and 480Nm of torque from the hybrid powertrain, although the hybrid is heavier than internal-combustion models by 200kg.

Pricing for the PHEV hasn’t been locked in, but the current petrol-powered flagship (the Essence Anfield Edition) is priced from $40,680 drive-away.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV starts at $47,390 before on-road costs, and Ford will charge $52,490 before on-roads when the Escape PHEV arrives in sporty ST-Line trim.

The MG HS range has already expanded once since its launch early this year, with the addition of high-end Essence and Anfield models.

Link copied!
Scott Collie
Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

Learn about CarExpert or contact CarExpert.

Also on CarExpert