Morris Garages, or MG as it’s popularly known, is on a revival path. And as with most other carmakers, SUVs are going to spearhead this resurgence. The GS, MG’s first SUV is already here, and we drove it recently. Now, the Sino-British carmaker has confirmed that the new MG ZS, which made its global debut at last month’s Guangzhou International Auto Exhibition, will be launched in the Middle East in late 2017.

Smaller in size than the GS, and set to go against the likes of Mazda CX-3 and the Nissan Juke, the ZS is aimed at luring a younger clientele into the brand’s fold. To this end, the compact crossover will feature “an intelligent internet system” with an independent log-in ID. Apparently this will help the car recognise the driver and personalise functions such as remote control unlocking and air-conditioning and let the driver open and close the sunroof, change the vehicle's temperature, control music playback and navigation using voice control.

“The younger, Millennial generation, born in the 80s and 90s, grew up with the internet in the information era. For them, a car is more than just a means of transport. It was therefore a logical next step for MG to create a model which meets the needs of our younger generation while staying true to the key offerings of our MG models. We are confident that the MG ZS will be well received in the Middle East, a region passionate about the latest advances in technology,” says Sun Guang, General Manager of MG Middle East.

MG has also given the ZS a sharper design than the GS’s with a more prominent grille up front and headlights that have apparently taken inspiration from the London Eye. The interior gets a two-tone trim, an 8.0in LCD screen, and comes with features such as a rear-view camera and panoramic sunroof as standard.

Two petrol engine options will be offered here; a 125bhp, 170Nm, 1.0-litre turbo and a 120bhp, 150Nm, naturally aspirated 1.5-litre mill. Prices will be announced closer to its launch here in the fourth quarter of 2017.