MG brings fully-electric ZS SUV with special sale

MG Motor will be locally assembling the eZS in India at its Halol facility in Gujarat

MG Motor will be locally assembling the eZS in India at its Halol facility in Gujarat

Once launched, it will compete with Hyundai Kona EV that is priced between Rs 25.3-25.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Electric cars tend to be more expensive than petrol and diesel vehicle equivalents which is why a lower-cost electric SUV is a welcome change. The MG eZS, as it will be badged in India, has been confirmed as the automaker's next offering after the Hector and is scheduled for a commercial launch in December 2019.

Last week, Hyundai launched its first EV called the Kona Electric in the Indian market.

Daniel Gregorious, Head of Sales & Marketing at MG, said, "With an exciting £21,495 price point at launch, ZS EV is a compelling option for customers who want to switch from old school petrol and diesel cars and enjoy all the wonderful benefits of electric motoring". With all the practicality and versatility of a compact SUV, a full-sized boot and room for five, ZS means electric without compromise.

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The MG ZS EV for the United Kingdom is powered by a single electric motor that produces 141 bhp and 353 Nm of peak torque.

The EV uses a front-mounted electric motor with 105 kW (143 PS / 141 hp) and 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque that gets its juice from a 44.5 kWh water-cooled, lithium-ion battery pack, with a WLTP range of 163 miles (262 km).

The eight-inch colour touchscreen featuring satellite navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming and DAB radio. The electric SUV also comes with a number of electronic aids including active emergency braking, lane keeping assist, traffic jam assist and intelligent speed limit assist, while the top-end Exclusive variant also gets blind spot detection system.

Just as Suzuki's Lithium-ion battery plant in Gujarat, Hyundai is looking at establishing its own battery plant in India. One might also point out that British brand's electric model is still nearly twice the price of their combustion engine version, although, of course, EV customers spend less on both fuel/charging and maintenance.

It may not set the world alight, but could the MG ZS EV become the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?