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MG e-HS plug-in hybrid coming next year

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

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

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

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 e-HS 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 e-HS 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 e-HS 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.

Although it isn’t giving the Mazda CX-5 or Toyota RAV4 any sleepless nights, MG has sold 1587 examples to date in 2020.

That puts the HS ahead of cars such as the Renault Koleos and Peugeot 3008 on the sales charts, and comfortably eclipses what challenger brands Haval and SsangYong have managed to do with their mid-sized SUVs.