15 April 2004

We brought you Rover’s revamped 45 last week; this is the corresponding MG version – the reworked ZS. MG’s makeover is an overwhelmingly cosmetic one, with a restyled front end including the 45’s twin lens headlights, a chunkier, MG grille, and a deeper front bumper. At the rear, the ZS inherits a sportier interpretation of the 45’s new rear bumper, a revised bootlid – now remotely actuated - new exhaust finishers, and a new lip spoiler. The most significant non-cosmetic change comes on the hottest ZS 180, which gets a wider track, wheel arch extensions, sill mouldings, additional bumper vents and new 17in alloy wheels as standard. All are available on the tamer models at extra cost.

The new ZS makes its debut at the Birmingham motor show in May. It will cost between £11,295 and £17,300; deliveries start later that month.

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