A new MG ZS EV with a larger battery, longer range and a new look will join the company’s lineup in 2022, while the popular base level variant will also get a slight upgrade of battery and range, the SAIC-owned company has announced.
The longer-range ZS EV, with up to 440km range from a large 72kWh battery, was first announced by MG’s UK arm and will be available in Australia in the second half of 2022, MG Australia has confirmed with The Driven.
Once it gets here, it will join the shorter-range MG ZS EV, which jumped into the Australian car market in late 2020 and became the cheapest new EV to date, at the time it started with $ 43,990 driveeaway.
This led to it becoming the best-selling electric car in Australia after the Tesla Model 3. In the UK, it is in the top 10 electric cars in this market.
However, the shorter range of 263 km (WLTP), which originally came with a 45kWh battery, means that it is first and foremost a city car. This model now gets a slightly larger 51kWh battery, giving it a significant jump up in range to 320km (WLTP), which should take the real world driving range well over 200km.
The longer range battery will mean that it is better suited for those who drive on a regular basis and brings it on par with other electric SUVs such as the Hyundai Kona EV, Mercedes-Benz EQA and Volvo XC40 Recharge.
However, given that MG’s ZS EV focuses on family – friendly practicality rather than premium features, we expect prices to be equally competitive.
While the new ZS EV is likely to represent a longer choice for the budget-conscious, a design update is introduced to increase the appeal.
A new “electric only” nose with stamped power grille gives MG a more special look, while the charging port – which in its original position under the mark on the front grille proved to be inconvenient – has been moved to the side of the badge with regular style access.
In addition to a new exterior look, the 2022 ZS EV (at least in the UK) gets a new proprietary interface known as iSmart that allows for full airtime updates, real-time navigation and live updates- Australian specifications will be confirmed in 2022.
This is accessed via a 10.1 “touchscreen with upgraded graphics. Wireless smartphone charging also increases convenience along with a new instrument cluster.
Entire Australian prices and specifications will be outlined closer to a local launch date in the second half of 2022.
Bridie Schmidt is the reporter for The Driven, a sister company to Renew Economy. She has been writing about electric cars since 2018 and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emission transport should play for sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is a co-organizer of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and has it available for rent at evee.com.au.