THE highly anticipated 2021 MG ZS EV has arrived. Tipped to be one of Australia’s most value packed electric vehicles, the new model lands in dealerships this weekend, offering a premium, safe, stylish and practical SUV.
MG vowed not to sacrifice safety or premium feel because of the batteries, with the ZS EV retaining the same stylish, crisp package we know from the rest of the range, and available in five exterior colours, including the new Clipper Blue.
Featuring smokey LED headlights, crisp body lines, 17-inch windmill designed alloys and distinct EV badging, the ZS EV is dressed to impress. The premium feel continues inside, with synthetic leather seats front and back, featuring a French double stitch.
A panoramic sunroof and 8-inch infotainment system are also included. The ZS EV has an impressive driving range of up to 262km, which can be extended out to 370km when cruising the cityscape.
All of these kilometres are from a single charge, thanks to pioneering electric technology derived from parent company SAIC Motor. Powered by a 105kW/353Nm electric motor, it can sprint to 100km/h in an impressive 8.2 seconds.
Charging can be completed via a standardised EV charge cable through the front grille, with an 85kW ‘fast charger’ able to fill the ZS to 80 per cent in just 45 minutes. A full charge on a standard power point will take around seven hours.
More than five years in development, the 2021 MG ZS EV also sports regenerative braking, that can be set to three different levels, adding power back into the system and extending drive distance. There’s also three drive modes and a bevy of safety features.
These include lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, follow cruise and speed assist. It has a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating thanks to its battery safety capabilities and the MG Pilot safety system.
Set to hit the market at $43,990 drive away, MG is also working to introduce free charging, which would likely come through a partnership with a supplier like ChargeFox. Details for that program are still to be finalised.
The Chinese car maker is hoping to sell around 3000 examples of the electric SUV in 2021, but will start with the 1000 already on hand. The ZS EV is the first in a range of PHEV and fully electric models in the works, including an all-electric HS.
“Since first announcing the arrival of the MG ZS EV, we’ve seen strong interest from customers across the country in our first ever electric vehicle offering,” MG Motor Australia director of product and marketing, Danny Lenartic said.
“The technology makes it ideal for a road trip away, the daily run about, or safe and clean personal transport.”
The batteries in the 2021 MG ZS EV are covered by an 8-year/160,000km warranty, while the car receives a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty and 5-years roadside assist.