MG Motor India recently announced the launch of its MG ZS EV in the Indian market. As one of the first long-range electric vehicle variants to be made available here, this launch is a very significant entrant for India. The Chinese owned British carmaker has revealed the India-spec version for the new all-electric SUV, so let’s take a closer look at what these are.
The vehicle presents a pretty compact exterior with an attractive and fluid line bodywork design. The projector headlamps and black cladding along the base of the SUV project a rather rugged appearance, while the front fender of the ZS EV highlights the ‘electric’ badge.
The front profile sports a prominent grille with a mesh pattern that although similar to the MG Hector, is a lot curvier. The charging port of the ZS EV is well concealed under a sliding flap of the front grille, which is activated by a gentle push to move outwards and upwards. Supported by DC fast charging, the charging port helps the EV charge from 0–80% in 50 minutes. MG also plans to provide a 7.4kW AC wall box charger that will fully charge the car in 6–8 hours.
At the rear end, the LED tail lights are perched up high on the body just below the raked windscreen. The license plate has been placed on the bumper with ample space for the MG logo to take centre focus.
The car’s cabin has been done in black with silver trimmings on the dash, door pads, and air-con vents to provide premium appeal. The dash is rather flat with slight contouring and the central console displays only a few buttons. There are some impressive connectivity features including the iSmart EV2. The infotainment system is stacked horizontally as an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The traditional gear lever is replaced by a gear selector knob in the lower centre console, which also houses the toggle switches that control the various drive modes (normal, eco and sport), regenerative braking (three levels) and battery.
Advancing its eco-friendly agenda, the EV is equipped with a carbon dioxide saver and inbuilt PM 2.5 air filter that regulates air quality within the cabin. Besides the flat-bottomed steering wheel, USB mobile charging ports (at the cabin’s front and rear), a rear-view camera and Bluetooth capabilities, other attractive features include a panoramic sunroof and a spacious boot.
The motor will be powered by a 44.5 kWh battery pack that promises a single-charge range of 340 km. Installed below the floorboard, the battery pack comes with a sophisticated management system that is rated IP-67 implying water-resistance up to one meter.
The company has plans to initially launch the ZS EV in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and Bangalore only, and is likely to be priced above 22 lakhs. But given its green quotient, the MG ZS EV is bound to attract a lot of attention in the country.