26 April 2004

MG Rover has finally released the full official pictures of its 45/ZS facelift, two weeks after Autocar published the first teaser shots.

The Rover 45’s new rear end has a cleaner treatment, with the number plate moved into the redesigned bumper and the Rover lettering spread across the back, as it was on the facelifted 75 Tourer last month. The same changes are mirrored on the 45’s hot MG version, the ZS.

Up front is the same twin-headlamp design already seen on the facelifted 75, along with a new bumper and deeper grille. The interior gains optional climate control, revised column stalks and switchgear, a range of new trim finishes and minor styling tweaks.

MG versions get new vents behind the front wheels, apeing the SV supercar, while a new bodykit is now standard on the ZS 180 and optional across the rest of the ZS range. The 180 also gets new 17-inch 11-spoke alloy wheels.

Both versions will get a first public outing at the British Motor Show, with sales starting shortly afterwards. A revamped Rover 25/MG ZR range will join them on the stand. First pictures will feature in Autocar early next month.

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