The 2022 MG ZS EV was introduced with its new look and driving dynamics. MG, the historic British firm belonging to the Chinese group SAIC, is achieving an interesting success in its return to the main world markets. The company, which has become the spearhead of its parent company internationally (Australia, Europe, India …), is cementing its expansion thanks mainly to the good reception of a specific model: the ZS EV.
This compact SUV is responsible for the successful reintroduction of MG in the old continent after a decade and a half of absence, standing up to the proposals of other manufacturers already established thanks to its good price/product ratio, which has allowed it to attract a large number buyers in northern European markets.
At the time of its launch, the Anglo-Chinese model equipped an electric drive of 143 hp (105 kW) and 353 Nm of torque coupled to the front axle, which allowed it to do the 0 to 100 km / h in 8.2 seconds. These numbers are similar to those offered by rivals such as the Nissan LEAF or the Volkswagen ID.3 Pure Performance.
Its battery pack of 44.5 kWh capacity with cells of origin CATL and liquid cooling gave it a maximum range of 263 km under the European WLTP homologation cycle. Regarding the load, the SUV could access maximum powers of just over 50 kW in direct current, recovering around 80% of its range in about 43 minutes.
The MG ZS EV wants to consolidate its dominance
As can be seen, although the benefits of the ZS EV are similar to those of its rivals, its range remains somewhat off the hook compared to many last-batch proposals in the B (utility) and C (compact) segments. To maintain the competitiveness of its main ambassador, MG has subjected it to a restyling that, in addition to increasing its reach, will bring with it a renewed aesthetic.
From now on, the ZS EV will be available with two battery packs: one of 50.3 kWh (Standard Range) associated with a 177 hp (130 kW) engine that will allow it to reach 320 km WLTP, and another of 70 kWh (Long Range) linked to a 204 hp (150 kW) engine with which it will reach 440 km WLTP. The performance in both cases will be identical (0 to 100 km / h in 8.6 seconds, top speed of 175 km / h). In addition, the English brand has also improved its charging system, since the Long Range variant will have a three-phase charger of 11 kW as standard (the Standard Range will remain at 6.6 kW in single-phase). The most capable version will reach a maximum of 90 kW in direct current.
The light clusters and bumpers are newly designed, while the blind grille gives way to a one-piece front painted in the same color as the rest of the body, although it has a series of raised notches to imitate the framework. from a traditional grid. In the passenger compartment, the digital panel, the touch screen, and the air conditioning module are new; in addition, the MG smart connectivity system is added. The renewed model will hit the European market in October, starting its rates at 30,990 euros for the Standard Range and 34,990 euros for the Long Range. It will continue to be available with two finishes: Comfort and Luxury.