Good timing for MG’s first all-electric model to come out. It’s called the ZS EV and it’s worth it completely. Just two versions are available – the Excite entry level and the Exclusive top spec. MG claims to be the “first really affordable, family-friendly electric car.”
The MG Motor India is now ready to roll out its first Indian electric vehicle, the MG ZS EV, bookings are already started on 21 December 2019.
The new electric MG Motor also feature distinctive SUV appearances and the only way to differentiate them from the regular electric car is by means of the ‘ Hybrid ‘ badge on the car side and, of course, the electric motor trademark.
The front highlight is the grille under the charging point supporting the CCS-2 charging model. In fat, the MG logo glows during charging and ends at full charging.
Inspired by the ‘ london eye ‘ the headlight configuration gives the MG ZS EV a strong frontal look alongside daytime lights. The tail lights behind are inspired by the USRA Major’s seven brightest stars. The quality of the materials used in the cabin is decent and the layout and controls of the dashboard are practical.
The gear shifter is an electronic knob shift type and it is interesting to note that activating the ZS EV in the ‘P’ – parking mode also automatically activates the electronic parking brake.
The MG ZS EV’s interior is uncluttered and something that surely appeals to consumers of all ages. The all-black finish is a premium feel for the SUV. The seats are well-bolstered with strong back and shoulders support, and there is plenty of room in both the front and back.
The MG ZS EV will be available in two trims – Excite and Exclusive. The company is calling it India’s first pure electric Internet SUV. The MG ZS is a connected SUV with all possible connectivity links – which is more than 50.
The ZS supports hotspot connectivity (through smartphones) and there is a PM 2.5 filter available to ensure clean air inside the vehicle, and a full panoramic sunroof just like the Hector. MG ZS EV received a 5-star Euro NCAP rating – the maximum possible car safety agency rating.
The ZS provides six airbags along with electronic stability control & ABS, hill descent control & hill start assistance, ISOFIX child seat anchors, tyre pressure monitoring system, seatbelt pre-tensioners and rear seat belt reminders, among others. MG ZS EV meets a safety mark including the European E-Mark.
It takes about six to eight hours for the MG ZS EV to charge via a standard AC charger that the company promises to install at the convenience of the user – at home or at the workplace.
The SUV comes with a portable electric charger that can be used to charge from a standard 15 A socket, but it will take a long time to charge. A 50 kW DC fast charging option that can charge 80% of the vehicle in less than an hour. The company has installed these DC fast chargers in its dealerships in the metro cities.
The MG ZS EV uses a 44.5 kWh ternary lithium battery with ultra-high density and a three-phase permanent synchronous electric magnet motor that produces around 140.7 hp at 3,500 rpm and has a peak torque output of 353 Nm at 5,000 rpm. A single-speed reduction gear facilitates this.
The MG ZS electric SUV also has three Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) rates – mild (for highway), moderate (for urban) and heavy (for downhill driving).
Expected Price: ₹ 23 – 25 Lakh
8 Years /150k km
50 min. through Super-Fast DC chargers (50 kW)