British badge, Chinese tech – a match made in heaven?
- MG’s first electric vehicle to hit Europe will debut in London
- Compact SUV bodyshell with no impact on passenger or luggage space
- ZS is already MG’s most popular model on sale
MG ZS EV – joining the growing ranks of electric crossovers
The ZS EV is, unsurprisingly, a version of the ZS compact crossover but with a fully-electric powertrain installed in place of the existing 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines. It’s set to be the most powerful of the trio – with 148hp on tap, performance at low speeds will be impressive.
With strong rivals, particularly the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro, MG aims to compete as a value proposition. The ZS EV is likely to significantly undercut those two vehicles when it arrives on the market in September.
How far can the MG ZS EV go between charges?
The MG ZS EV won’t be able to travel as far between charges as those two vehicles, however. A range of 268 miles is thought to be possible under older, NEDC testing procedures – but it’s expected that the tougher new WLTP standard will cut that to around 170 miles. The Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro are capable of 279 and 282 miles respectively on the WLTP cycle.
More than 800 people have sent MG their expressions of interest in the new model, the most for any pre-launched model in the company’s history.
The electric powertrain is said to have no impact on the ZS’ interior dimensions. It’s still a full five-seater and the boot remains unchanged. MG will also offer the same seven-year warranty on the ZS EV as it does on its other models.
How much will the MG ZS EV cost?
The ZS EV will be displayed to the public at the London Motor and Tech show, held on May 16-19 at London’s Excel centre.
No official prices have been announced, but a figure of less than £24,000 – after the government’s £3,500 plug-in grant – could be possible.