MG ZS Goes Electric In China As eZS Variant Debuts In Guangzhou

MG has arrived at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show with a battery-electric version of the ZS, called the eZS, which is the brand’s first zero-emission product.

Despite its public unveiling in the People’s Republic, details about the MG eZS are very scarce at the moment. Nonetheless, Autocar reports that it’s probably powered by a 148 PS (146 hp / 109 kW) electric motor mounted at the front, and backed up by a battery with an undisclosed capacity.

In the old NEDC cycle, the electric SUV is believed to be able to travel for 431 km (268 miles) before having to visit a charging station.

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The new MG eZS will probably go on sale in China sometime next year, although it could arrive in Europe as well later on, as part of the SAIC-owned brand’s ambitions to expand its global operations and become an SUV maker.

In the United Kingdom, the outgoing MG ZS range includes three different models: the Explore, Excite and Exclusive, powered by either a 1.5-liter petrol or a turbo’d 1.0-liter GDI, depending on the selected variant. The former puts out 106 PS (105 hp / 78 kW) and is offered with a five-speed manual gearbox, whereas the latter is good for 111 PS (109 hp / 81 kW) and works in conjunction with a six-speed auto.

OTR pricing for the MG ZS range varies between £12,495 ($16,072/€14,194) and £15,795 ($20,317/€17,943) in the UK. So, if the MG eZS launches here, it will likely cost over £20,000 ($25,726/€22,719).

 

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  • designer_dick

    If they can deliver an electric SUV with a 220-mile WLTP range for just over £20,000, and the car is both able to charge from 0-80% battery capacity in a short enough time and as competent to drive as its petrol siblings (they won’t set the world on fire, but they’re far from awful), they could have a decent amount of interest from potential buyers.

    • facebook-1716536477

      There’s loads of ifs in there, but I agree with you. The ZS package as a proposition for buyers is quite compelling, but MG Motor UK needs to drastically improve its sales & marketing operation in order to really make an impact. European sales are scheduled to commence in 2019, but so far there’s been no further specific details.

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