A facelifted version of the mid-sized MG HS SUV is due in Australia during the second half of 2023, the company has confirmed.

    It wears updated styling previously introduced in China and Thailand and revealed this week for the UK, with a more aggressive-looking front end, tweaked tail lights, dual exhaust outlets, and new wheel designs.

    Petrol and plug-in hybrid versions will both receive the updated styling in Australia, which helps align the HS with the MG 5 sedan also touching down in Australia this year.

    MG Motor UK says the 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system offers “smoother functionality”, but otherwise there are no visible changes in the cabin.

    While no interior images have been released for the UK model, a look at the right-hand drive Thai model shows the HS features the brand’s latest infotainment user interface.

    The MG HS first entered production in 2018 and arrived here in 2020, with the facelifted model debuting in China in 2020 under the MG Pilot nameplate.

    Its introduction to right-hand drive markets, therefore, has been a long time coming.

    The HS has proved a much stronger seller than its GS predecessor in Australia, and in the first quarter of 2023 MG sold 2255 examples.

    That put it ahead of the Renault Koleos (850 sales) and supply-challenged Volkswagen Tiguan (1482 sales), though the HS’ fellow countryman – the GWM Haval H6 – has pushed past it if you include sales of both body styles.

    GWM sold 2061 examples of the Haval H6 wagon and an additional 871 of the H6 GT coupe SUV.

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    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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