This is how MG’s tripled line-up takes stage
New details have emerged on the model offensive of Chinese-owned MG. The brand is updating its electric powertrains, introducing 11 kW charging, dropping the small battery of 45 kWh, and launching a new onboard connectivity system and style.
The latter is applied to the facelift of the SUV ZS EV, which instigated the brand’s relaunch in Europe two years ago. This shows the classic-looking grille replaced with a closed front, more commonly in fashion among BEV cars.
The new ZS EV arrives by the end of October on European markets and the new flagship model, the Marvel R Electric, which MG already unveiled late spring. The new ZS still carries its charging port right on its nose, but attached to it are new battery packs that boost range.
The base model of the ZS EV now gets a 51 kWh lithium-ion pack, called Standard Range, which should suffice for 320 kilometers, according to WLTP. A bigger battery pack adopted from the Marvel R is also on order, with an energy content of 70 kWh and 440 kilometers of range. Only the Long Range gets an 11 kW inverter, suited for three-phase charging.
In Tesla fashion
Like the facelifted ZS EV, the Marvel R, MG’s most luxurious proposition, benefits from the new iSmart infotainment system. It features a 19,4-inch touch screen, integrated in Tesla fashion alongside the length of the center console.
The Marvel R comes solely with the 70 kWh battery pack, suited for 11 kW charging, but it does offer a choice between rear-wheel drive (180 PS, 402 kilometers) or all-wheel drive (two electric motors, 288 PS, 370 kilometers). DC-charging is limited at 92 kW, performing a 5-80% charge in 43 minutes.
MG has also revealed the prices of the Marvel R for the Belux countries, ranging from €45 985 (Luxury) to €50 485 (Performance).
First electric station wagon in the world
MG’s third BEV arrives in the first quarter of 2022. The MG5, already available in the UK, earlier announced embarking in Europe, is rumored to be facelifted first upon arrival. The model is dubbed “the first electric station wagon in the world” and gets 156 PS from a battery pack of 61.0 kWh. According to WLTP, the range is 400 kilometers.
A cheaper model with lower output will follow later, with a battery pack of 51 kWh. That car will offer a still acceptable range of 320 kilometers. All the versions of the five will get the 11 kW charging inverter. MG mentions a maximum cargo space of 1 400 liters.