MG ZS EV Launched In India (Photo Credit: Twitter/@MGMotorIn)
MG ZS EV, the first electric car from Morris Garages (MG Motor), was finally launched in India on Thursday at a price range of Rs 20.88 lakh to Rs 23.58 lakh. However, those who had booked the ZS EV electric SUV before midnight of January 17, they will get the vehicle at a price range of Rs Rs 19.88 lakh and Rs 22.58 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi). MG ZS EV comes in two variants i.e. Excite and Exclusive.
It is to be noted that MG Motor India had started accepting bookings for the ZS EV on December 21 last year and has received over 2800 pre-bookings before it was closed on January 17, 2020. Importantly, MG Motor has initially launched the ZS EV for only 5 Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. MG Motor India will begin ZS EV deliveries on January 27 across five cities. MG ZS EV is the automaker’s second model in India after the Hector SUV and will be assembled locally at the Halol plant in Gujarat, alongside the Hector.
The MG’s compact electric SUV is 4314 mm long, 1809 mm wide while it stands 1620 mm tall. The space between the wheels is 2579 mm. On the design front, MG ZS EV gets an aggressive look and gets decent proportions, sporting a bold diamond finished grille upfront flanked by projector headlamps, swooping bonnet, and a curved roofline. The rear gets LED taillamps below the raked windscreen and the license plate area has been moved down to the bumper. Overall, the SUV looks smart.
Coming to the interior of the MG ZS EV, the cabin is finished in black and there are silver inserts on the dash, door pads and circular air-con vents on both ends. The SUV boasts of an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, USB mobile charging function at the front and rear, Bluetooth functionality, and rear-view parking camera, among others. Also, there is an Apple Carplay and Android Auto on offer along with a sky sunroof. The MG ZS EV is also equipped with I Smart EV 2.0 connected car technology which makes it a connected car. The MG ZS EV comes with a PM 2.5 air filter which can bring bad air quality level of up to 300 AQI down to regular levels in just 35 mins.
There are 3 drive modes on offer, which are Sport, Normal and Eco. It can be selected via the toggle switches right above the rotary transmission knob. MG ZS EV is powered by a synchronous motor that belts out 140.7 bhp and 353 Nm of peak torque. The compact electric SUV comes with a 44.5 kWh battery pack that promises a range of 300 km on a single charge. According to the automaker, the lithium-ion unit can be charged up to 80 per cent in 40 minutes with a 50 kW DC charger, or takes up to seven hours with a standard 7.4 kW charger.
According to a report of NDTV’s Gadgets 360, MG Motor has a plan to deal with the problem of range anxiety and make sure that ZS EV customers are not left stranded on the road. For starters, all ZS EV cars will come with an onboard cable to charge at any 15amp socket. Then, MG will also install an AC fast charger at home/office of the customers, and third, the carmaker is also setting up a DC Super-Fast charging network at select MG showrooms that can be availed round the clock.
The automaker has also planned to create an extended charging network across MG dealerships in select satellite cities along key routes and provide charge-on-the-go with RSA (road-side assistance).