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12 features that boost the new MG ZST Crossover SUV’s performance and style

12 features that boost the new MG ZST Crossover SUV’s performance and style

Jason K. Ang

The new ZST by MG is the highest variant in MG Philippines’ ZS model lineup and, as such, it provides a turbocharged driving experience that is both sporty and classy. The ZST carries technology and convenience features found in more upscale models—solidifying its case for a great value for money option—but it likewise keeps its promise of a spirited drive. 

Here are some of the standout features of the new ZST by MG:

Turbocharged engine

The new ZST has a new heart, and it’s turbocharged. The new 1.3 liter engine delivers 163ps and 230Nm; significant bumps of 42% and 53% from the naturally-aspirated engine. The transmission has been upgraded as well, to a 6-speed automatic with manual shift mode. 

Exterior design

The MG ZST now boasts a sportier look. At the center is the Obsidian Matrix Grille, flanked by full LED projector headlamps. The daytime running lights are LED as well. The new MG ZST’s bumper has been resculpted to complement the blacked-out upper and lower grilles.

17” alloy wheels

Continuing the sporty theme are the MG ZST’s aluminum alloy wheels. Done in a design dubbed “Tomahawk,” the two-tone wheels appropriately fill out the Crossover SUV’s wheel wells. They enclose the car’s red brake calipers. 
Panoramic sunroof and monogrammed headrest

Being outdoors has never been more enticing than in the last few months. The ZST allows an expansive outdoor view via its panoramic moonroof that spans nearly the entire length of the ceiling. With all that natural light, you can better appreciate touches like the monogrammed headrests with the distinctive MG logo.

Goggles virtual instrument cluster

The MG ZST’s cockpit features a fully-digital instrument cluster. Dubbed “Goggles,” the panel displays data like vehicle speed and tachometer, and digital tire pressure monitoring. Between the virtual gagues is a display screen that can show vehicle status and trip information.
10-inch HD Touchscreen

 Infotainment System

The virtual gauges are complemented by the 10-inch high-definition touchscreen at the center of the instrument panel. The screen allows intuitive control of the vehicle’s secondary functions as well as connectivity to one’s smartphone.

Premium materials

The MG ZST features soft-touch materials on almost all of the interior surfaces. Dashboard, steering wheel, door panels, and center console are all decked out. Red stitching on the seats and cabin trim lend a sporty touch.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Connectivity to one’s smartphone is a must, and the ZST obliges with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces. These can be controlled via the large touchscreen panel. 
360-degree monitor and blind-spot monitor

When negotiating tight spaces, particularly when parking, there’s the 360-degree virtual vehicle view. On the move, the MG’s blind-spot information system helps watch out for vehicles that are normally hidden from view, alerting the driver of a possible obstacle. 

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Electronic parking brake and auto-hold

The ZST adds some refinement via its electronic parking brake. For greater convenience, the system also automatically brakes the vehicle when it is on an incline. 

Rear aircon vents and additional USB port

Rear passengers can enjoy a cooler ride thanks to rear vents for the airconditioning. MG has also considerately included a USB port near the rear-view mirror, to allow for easier installation of a dashcam. 

Service support

The MG ZST is supported by the brand’s 5-year, 100,000 km warranty. MG owners can also use the My MG mobile app for scheduling service appointments and booking home service visits from the MG Mobile Garage caravan. MG also offers 24/7 roadside assistance. 

“When we launched the MG brand in 2018, our goal was clear: to be part of the exciting and growing Philippine automotive market, and to provide Filipinos with stylish, modern, and safe vehicles—but at very attainable price points,” says Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, President and CEO of MG Philippines. “The local market’s reception has been very encouraging indeed. In just three years, more Filipinos have chosen MG, and there are now over ten thousand MG’s on our roads, with several of those being the ever-popular ZS Crossover SUV.” 
The MG ZST slots in as the top Trophy variant of this SUV model. The other MG ZS variants the Core, Style and Alpha will continue to be avaiable. 

The MG ZST costs a very attainable P1,158,888.

The ZST will be made available in all MG Philippines dealerships nationwide and will be available for reservations starting October 2021. Reservations and test drives may also be made online at or