Morris Garages has unveiled its all-new electric SUV MG ZS in India. MG ZS is the first electric vehicle from the company. The SUV unveiled is exactly the same as sold in the UK. The assembling of MG ZS will be managed by Halol plant in Gujarat. The SUV will be launched in January 2020. Prices are expected so aggressive that it can compete with the Hyundai Kona.
The MG ZS EV is a compact SUV. In terms of length, it is longer than the Hyundai Creta but shorter than the MG Hector. It is 4314 mm long, 1809 mm wide and 1620 mm tall. The wheelbase of MG ZS is 2579 mm. If we talk about looks the SUV is more of a crossover than an SUV. It comes with a wide chrome stud grille flanked by projector headlamps. The profile is quite simple and the most apparent thing here are the muscles over the wheel arches which give it that tough look. The rear is decorated with LED taillamps below the raked windscreen. The license plate area has been moved down to the bumper.
Inside the cabin, the ZS EV looks neat and uncluttered with not much contouring on the dash and gets few buttons on the central console. The cabin gets black finish with silver inserts on the dash, door pads and circular air-con vents on both ends. The MG ZS EV comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The SUV comes with USB mobile charging at the front and rear, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Bluetooth functionality, and even a rear-view camera. The company offers a panoramic sunroof on the car and as standard. The MG ZS EV also loaded with iSmart EV 2.0 connected car technology which makes it a connected car. The MG ZS EV also equipped 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.
The MG ZS packed with a 44.5 kWh battery that promises a range of 340 km on a single charge. The lithium-ion unit can be charged up to 80 percent in 40 minutes with a 50 kW DC charger, or seven hours with a standard 7.4 kW charger. The customers will get a 7.4 kWh charger with the ZS EV cars. The battery-powered motor can generate a max power of 141 bhp and a peak torque of 353 Nm. The car can reach 0-100 kmph in just 8 seconds. The battery system used in the new ZS EV is IP67 certified making it water and dustproof. The company says that it has tested the ZS EV in India for over 1 lakh kilometeres. For the charging of ZS EV, the company provides an onboard charging cable for 15 amp plugs. For home/office charging, the company provides a 7.4 kW home charger with every ZS. There are of course DC super-fast chargers at select MG dealerships and the company is setting up a charging network throughout the country.
The company has a partnership with the Exicom Tele-Systems for the reuse of used ZS EV batteries. Under the partnership, Exicom plans to re-deploy MG ZS EV batteries at the end of their life with the car and put them through a controlled process of evaluation, disassembly, and repackaging to design custom battery packs for non-automotive applications. The company also announced its association with Umicore to explore opportunities in safe and sustainable recycling of end-of-life batteries for electric vehicles.
The MG ZS will go on the competition with the Hyundai Kona.