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    Baojun Yep Plus (Comet Based SUV) Debuts – New 4m Electric SUV

    Baojun Yep PlusCapable of carrying more passengers, the Baojun Yep Plus 5-door SUV will cater to a broader segment of users in comparison to the 3-door modelAvailable for sale in its home market China, the Baojun Yep 3-door electric SUV was launched in 2023. Now, 5 door version of the same has made global debut. Called Baojun Yep Plus, its launch in China is expected soon, most likely in Q1, CY2024.Baojun Yep Plus – Styling and featuresJust like the 3-door Yep, the 5-door Baojun Yep Plus has a boxy profile. Yep Plus will be longer than the 3-door Yep that measures 3.4 meters in length. However, Yep Plus will still be a sub-compact SUV, being about 4 meters in length. Wheelbase is 2560mm (450mm longer than the 3 door version), width is 1760mm (75mm wider than 3-door version), and ht of 1726mm.Baojun Yep PlusExteriors of Yep Plus won’t have any major deviations in comparison to the 3-door Yep. This is evident with the images of bumper and tail lights that are largely the same as seen with 3-door Yep. Front fascia of Yep Plus is also same as that of 3-door Yep. Only some minor touch-ups are seen.However, with the longer size and additional doors, the side body panelling has changed. As compared to 3-door Yep that has the ORVMs mounted on the A pillar, the 5-door Yep Plus carries the ORVMs on the front door. Alloy wheels appear to be new for the 5-door Yep Plus.Baojun Yep PlusBaojun Yep Plus – Specs, performanceWith larger dimensions and more passengers to carry, 5-door Baojun Yep Plus will need a larger battery than the 28.1 kWh unit in use with the 3-door Yep. Range will be around the same as that of 3-door Yep that offers 303 km, as per CLTC standard. Performance details of 5-door Yep Plus are yet to be revealed. For reference, the 3-door Yep churns out 68 hp of max power and 140 Nm of peak torque. Its top speed is capped at 100 km/h.Baojun Yep Plus India launch prospectsIt is likely that an MG-badged 5-door Yep Plus electric SUV will be launched in India. Only minor styling changes are expected. MG’s new EV will be underpinned by Comet’s Global Small Electric Vehicle (GSEV) platform.Just like the Comet, MG Motor will aim to launch the new EV at a competitive price point. It will be made possible with a high level of localization. Even the battery pack will be sourced locally. For Comet, the battery pack is sourced from Tata Autocomp. The new EV will be positioned above the Comet EV. It is expected to be launched in the price range of Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. More

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    Baojun Yep Plus (Comet Based SUV) Debut Soon – Punch EV, Exter EV Rival

    MG Comet based new SUV Spied. Image – Tycho de FeijterCapable of carrying more passengers, the Baojun Yep Plus 5-door SUV will cater to a broader segment of users in comparison to the 3-door modelAvailable for sale in its home market China, the Baojun Yep 3-door electric SUV was launched in 2023. Latest spy shots reveal a new 5-door version in the works. The MG Comet EV based 5-door model is expected to be called Baojun Yep Plus. Launch in China is expected soon, most likely in Q1, CY2024.Baojun Yep Plus – Styling and featuresJust like the 3-door Yep, the 5-door Baojun Yep Plus has a boxy profile. Yep Plus will be longer than the 3-door Yep that measures 3.4 meters in length. However, Yep Plus will still be a sub-compact SUV, being less than 4 meters in length.MG Comet based new SUV SpiedExteriors of Yep Plus won’t have any major deviations in comparison to the 3-door Yep. This is evident with the test mule’s bumper and tail lights that are largely the same as seen with 3-door Yep. Front fascia of Yep Plus is also expected to be the same as that of 3-door Yep. Only some minor touch-ups can be introduced.However, with the longer size and additional doors, the side body panelling has changed. As compared to 3-door Yep that has the ORVMs mounted on the A pillar, the 5-door Yep Plus carries the ORVMs on the front door. Another thing to note is that this particular test mule does not have roof rails and running boards. Alloy wheels appear to be new for the 5-door Yep Plus.MG Comet based new SUV SpiedBaojun Yep Plus – Specs, performanceWith larger dimensions and more passengers to carry, 5-door Baojun Yep Plus will need a larger battery than the 28.1 kWh unit in use with the 3-door Yep. Range will be around the same as that of 3-door Yep that offers 303 km, as per CLTC standard. Performance details of 5-door Yep Plus are yet to be revealed. For reference, the 3-door Yep churns out 68 hp of max power and 140 Nm of peak torque. Its top speed is capped at 100 km/h.Baojun Yep Plus India launch prospectsIt is unlikely that an MG-badged 5-door Yep Plus electric SUV will be launched in India. However, MG Motor is developing a new EV (codenamed E260) for the Indian market, which will essentially be a rebadged version of 3-door Yep. Only minor styling changes are expected. MG’s new EV will be underpinned by Comet’s Global Small Electric Vehicle (GSEV) platform. It will have slightly larger dimensions than Comet and share a 3-door layout. Launch is expected in 2025.Just like the Comet, MG Motor will aim to launch the new EV at a competitive price point. It will be made possible with a high level of localization. Even the battery pack will be sourced locally. For Comet, the battery pack is sourced from Tata Autocomp. The new 3-door EV will be positioned above the Comet EV. It is expected to be launched in the price range of Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.Source More

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    Suniel Shetty Makes a Green Move – Embraces MG Comet EV as His First Electric Vehicle

    Suniel Shetty buys MG Comet EVMG Comet EV has been making headlines as India’s most affordable electric car since its launch in May 2023Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty recently made waves on social media with an electrifying announcement – the purchase of his first electric vehicle, MG Comet EV. Sharing his enthusiasm, Shetty posted a picture alongside the sleek Comet EV, captioned with, “My first EV The MG COMET … love it !!” Offering a range of features that blend style, sustainability, and innovation, this vehicle has captured the attention of not just automotive enthusiasts but also prominent figures like Suniel Shetty.MG Comet EV: Redefining Affordable Electric CarsWith a starting price ranging from Rs 7.98 lakh to Rs 10.63 lakh (ex-showroom), MG Comet EV is not only cost-effective but also packs a punch in terms of specifications and warranties. Boasting an impressive 8-year or 1,20,000 km battery warranty, it aims to instill confidence in its users regarding the longevity and performance of its power source.Suniel Shetty buys MG Comet EVOne of the standout aspects of Comet EV is its extensive customization options, providing over 80 choices for extended vehicle warranty and service packages, beginning at just Rs. 5,000. Additionally, MG offers an Assured Buy Back Program, ensuring customers a 60% buyback of the original ex-showroom value after 3 years, making future upgrades more feasible.Safety and Technological BrillianceSafety remains a priority with Comet EV, equipped with a high-strength vehicle body consisting of 17 hot stamping panels for structural safety. The array of safety features includes Dual Front Airbags, ABS +EBD, Rear Parking Camera & Sensor, and ISOFIX Child Seat, promising a secure driving experience.From a technological standpoint, Comet EV doesn’t disappoint. The i-SMART system boasts over 55 Connected Car Features and 100+ Voice Commands, complemented by a Floating Twin Display with a 10.25” head unit and digital cluster. The intelligent tech dashboard and smart key add sophistication to its futuristic design.Sustainability and PersonalizationFurthermore, MG’s focus on sustainability extends to offering an encouraging charging cost of Rs 519 per 1,000 km, aligning with the growing need for eco-friendly commuting options.Adding a touch of personalization, MG presents special editions like the Gamer edition and the LIT packs, catering to diverse personalities and interests, particularly targeting the Gen Z demographic. With over 250 combinations of stickers and graphics, Comet EV aims to resonate with the next generation of urban commuters, be it gaming enthusiasts or fashionistas.Suniel Shetty’s Eco-Conscious CommitmentSuniel Shetty’s embrace of MG Comet EV not only highlights his commitment to sustainability but also amplifies the message of embracing eco-conscious choices in the automotive landscape. With its blend of affordability, advanced features, and sustainability initiatives, the Comet EV stands poised to make a significant impact on India’s electric vehicle market. More

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    Wuling BinguoEV Costs Rs. 19 Lakh (IDR 358 Million) – India Launch Likely?

    Wuling BinguoEV launched in Indonesia in 3 coloursThere is quite a bit of parts sharing between MG Comet EV launched in India and Wuling BinguoEV recently launched in IndonesiaAmong the prospective electric cars for India from global markets, BYD Seagull is a prominent name. In China, Seagull was launched at CNY 79K (Rs. 9.4 lakh). And it primarily rivals Wuling BinguoEV (costs CNY 67K in China) which was recently launched in Indonesia. Wuling’s launches in Indonesia usually ring launch bells for India under MG brand. Let’s take a look.Wuling BinguoEV Gets Attractive PricingThe shift towards electric cars in India is picking its pace. Indigenous Indian brands like Tata and Mahindra have been exploring more opportunities in this segment. Other brands like Hyundai, Kia, BYD and MG are on the verge of pushing boundaries with new and affordable electric vehicles as well.BYD and MG Motor under SAIC-GM-Wuling have great chances of making it big in India’s electric vehicle scene. Currently MG is the one to boast India’s most affordable mainstream electric car title with the recent launch of 3-door Comet EV. If the company is considering BinguoEV for India, it would be a great contender to Tata Tiago EV, Citroen eC3 and Tigor EV.To some extent, it would take on the likes of Nexon EV and XUV400 too. In Indonesia, Wuling has priced BinguoEV between IDR 358 Million (Rs. 19 lakh) and IDR 408 Million (Rs. 21.9 lakh). If you are wondering whether Wuling Bingo and Wuling BinguoEV are two different vehicles, they are not. The company has launched it as BinguoEV in Indonesia and the reason could be clashing trademarks with Bingo name.Wuling BinguoEVIt measures 3,950 mm in length, 1,708 mm in width, 1,580 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,560 mm. Wuling BinguoEV is considerably larger than BYD Seagull. There are two battery pack options for Indonesia with DC charging compatibility – 31.9 kWh with 41 bhp motor and 333 km range, and 37.9 kWh with 68 bhp motor and 410 km claimed range.Cute-sy design sets it apartIn Indonesia, there are three pastel colours on offer – Mousse Green, Galaxy Blue and Milk Tea. Design-wise, Bingo has a cute-sy appeal too with its X-shaped LED DRL signature in headlights and tail lights, sleek projector headlight, curvaceous and minimal sheet metal detailing, water splash design 15-inch wheel covers and overall classy and cute-sy design.On the inside, we can see quite a few similarities with MG Comet EV launched in India. Dual 10-inch horizontal displays in the same housing, steering wheel with pod controls, and gear selecting dial are identical to Comet EV. Even the key fob is identical.Wuling BinguoEV DashboardWuling BinguoEV has a classy interior layout with extensive soft-touch plastics. These include leatherette clad dashboard with stitching and large doorpads with cladding and stitching. Boot space is 310L that can be extended to 790L with 2nd row folded. MG Motor India has not officially confirmed bringing Wuling BinguoEV to our shores. But it would be a compelling product for MG to further fortify their EV grounds in India. More

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    MG Cyberster Launched – Electric Sportscar Costs Less Than Fortuner

    MG Cyberster Launched in ChinaThe primary rival for MG Cyberster launched in China, is Neta GT, another convertible 2-door electric sportscar with similar specs and performanceWith the rising price wars in China, MG Cyberster prices were supposed to start from as low as CNY 239,800 which translates to Rs. 27.5 lakh. Prior to this, MG Cyberster was supposed to start from CNY 300,000. But MG has finally put a stop to these speculations by launching its all-electric sportscar, Cyberster, starting from CNY 319,900.MG Cyberster Launched in ChinaFirst debuted at Goodwood Festival Of Speed, MG Cyberster is now launched in China. The pricing is the talking point with this all-electric sportscar from the British brand. There are three trim levels on offer – Glamour Edition, Style Edition and Pioneer Edition. These trims get varied powertrain combinations too – RWD 501, RWD 580 and AWD 520 respectively.As per pricing, MG Cyberster Glamour Edition RWD 501 costs CNY 319,800 (approx Rs. 37 lakh), Style Edition RWD 580 costs CNY 339,800 (approx Rs. 39 lakh) and Pioneer Edition AWD 520 costs CNY 315,800 (approx Rs. 41.5 lakh). For context, a top-spec Fortuner costs Rs. 10 lakh more in India than a top-spec Cyberster in China.MG Cyberster launched in China, is a luxurious and sensational 2-door all-electric sportscar that gets up to 77 kWh of battery, 536 bhp dual motor setup with 725 Nm torque, scissor doors (Lamborghini doors), an electrically operated convertible soft top along with performance metrics like 3.2 second sprint to 100 km/h from standstill.MG Cyberster FasciaFor the Chinese pricing, if this ain’t impressive, I don’t know what is. Made by Chinese State-owned SAIC at Ningde plant, MG Cyberster is likely to debut in key global locations including Britain and Europe. Dimensionally, it measures 4535 mm in length, 1913 mm in width, 1329 mm in height and has a 2690 mm long wheelbase.Sensational design pays homage to British heritageSaid convertible roof takes 10 seconds to open at speeds under 50 km/h. The whole design is sensational. Sloping front, air ducts in bodywork, classic headlight design, and timeless proportions are complemented by 4-pot Red painted Brembo brake calipers behind 20-inch aluminium wheels.On the inside, the triple-screen setup behind steering wheel takes centre stage. Outer displays at either end tilt towards driver. Steering wheel is a flat-bottom unit and not the yoke that was showcased before. MG hasn’t butchered the buttons as there are still some of them left, finished to exude elegance. The whole cabin is wrapped in premium materials that feel luxurious and plush, especially with the metallic accents everywhere.MG Cyberster DesignCyberster marks the return of MG to sportscar production. Base RWD 501 model gets a 64 kWh battery pack powering a single motor with 310 bhp and 475 Nm, driving rear wheels only. Range is pegged at 501 km. Mid-spec RWD 580 gets a larger 77 kWh battery but with the same single motor RWD setup. Both models will hit 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.Top-spec AWD 520 gets the same 77 kWh battery but has two motors with a combined 536 bhp, 725 Nm, 520 km range and a 0-100 km/h sprint in 3.2 seconds. We would like MG to launch it in India, but price it around Rs. 80 lakh for top-spec AWD 520 model that costs Rs. 41.5 lahks in China.MG Cyberster Scissor Doors More

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    MG Launches Upgraded ZS EV: A Game-Changer in the Electric SUV Segment

    2023 MG ZS EV with Level 2 ADAS – LaunchedMG Motor Introduces India’s First Pure-Electric Internet SUV – ZS EV with Autonomous Level-2 (ADAS)MG Motor India, known for its British heritage, has launched an upgraded version of its ZS EV, making it India’s first pure-electric internet SUV with Autonomous Level-2 (ADAS) capabilities. Priced at Rs. 27.89 Lakh for a limited time, the ZS EV combines electric power, internet connectivity, and autonomous features, offering an exceptional driving experience.Enhanced MG ZS EV: Redefining Electric Mobility in India with Advanced ADAS TechnologyThe ZS EV’s ADAS technology comes with 17 features categorized into three levels of sensitivity and warning, providing assistance and safety in various driving situations. The Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) ensures a smooth driving experience in congested traffic, while the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) alerts the driver of potential collisions and applies autonomous deceleration if necessary.2023 MG ZS EV with Level 2 ADAS – LaunchedThe Speed Assist System (SAS) prevents overspeeding, and the Lane Functions help prevent unintentional lane deviation. The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) enhances convenience and safety by maintaining a proper distance from the vehicle ahead.According to Mr. Gaurav Gupta, Deputy Managing Director of MG Motor India, the ZS EV with ADAS underscores the company’s commitment to electric mobility and a sustainable future. By offering an attractive and accessible electric SUV, MG Motor India aims to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles and support the EV ecosystem in India.[embedded content]The ZS EV features an evolved battery that meets stringent safety and performance requirements. It complies with IP69K for better dust and water resistance, and it has a UL2580 Safety Management System and an ASIL-D Enhanced Safety Integrity Level rating. The SUV also offers versatile charging options, including DC Super-Fast Chargers at dealerships, AC Fast Chargers for home and office installation, and charge-on-the-go with RSA (Roadside Assistance).2023 MG ZS EV with Level 2 ADAS – LaunchedEmbracing the Future of Electric Driving: MG ZS EV with ADAS and Prismatic Battery TechnologyWith its advanced prismatic battery, the ZS EV delivers a range of 461 km on a single charge, offering an extended driving range and confidence for longer journeys. The SUV’s total cost of ownership is competitive, with running costs as low as 60 paise/km, leading to substantial savings over three years compared to SUVs with internal combustion engines.The ZS EV showcases a futuristic design with full LED Hawkeye headlamps, R17 Tomahawk alloy wheels, and an array of colors to choose from. Inside, the SUV offers a comfortable and aesthetic cabin with features like a full digital cluster, a segment-leading HD touchscreen infotainment system, and a first-in-segment rear AC vent.2023 MG ZS EV with Level 2 ADAS – LaunchedIn terms of safety, the ZS EV provides a 360-degree around view camera, rear parking sensors, Hill Descent Control (HDC), six airbags, electronic stability control, a tyre pressure monitoring system, and hill-start assist.The ZS EV is powered by an 8-layer hairpin motor delivering 176PS of power and offering three driving modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport. To enhance the ownership experience, MG Motor India offers the MG e-SHIELD program, which includes warranty extensions, RSA extensions, and maintenance plans at competitive prices.With the launch of the enhanced ZS EV, MG Motor India aims to provide a compelling electric vehicle option in India, promoting eco-friendly mobility and meeting the evolving needs of Indian consumers. More

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    MG Comet Based Yep Electric Pickup Could Soon Be A Reality

    MG Yep e-SUV’s Pickup versionMG Comet based Yep electric SUV will soon get a pickup version – Reveals new reportProspect of a mini EV is understandable. It aids in big cities with heavy congestion, parking and running costs. Newest EV in India, MG Comet, is a good example. MG’s parent company has revealed more mini EVs based on the Comet platform. One of them is Baojun Yep EV. It is a mini SUV with 3 doors. Launch is planned in the coming weeks.Based on this electric SUV, we will also get an electric pickup truck. Yep, SAIC-GM-Wuling Design Studio (SGMW Studio) has revealed a pickup truck version of its Yep electric mini SUV. These are still in render phase. However, given that it is from SAIC-GM-Wuling, a production version is largely possible.MG Comet Based Yep Electric PickupBaojun Yep is a mini electric SUV designed to bring a tall driving stance in mini EV segment. It will go on sale in China soon for around CNY 100,000 (approx Rs. 11.82 lakh). Launch is expected around June or July. It measures 3381 mm long, 1685 mm wide and 1721 mm tall. Wheelbase is 2110 mm long.Baojun Yep e-SUV is 604 mm shorter than 5-door Jimny in length, 40 mm wider and just 1 mm taller. The recently surfaced pickup version is likely to have similar dimensions. Except, everything behind the front doors is a load bay with wheel-well intrusions.Rear load bayIt is not big and doesn’t seem to fit a fraction of what a real pickup truck can. That said, it looks cuter, more appealing and more lifestyle-y than the standard Yep SUV. A tailgate-mounted spare wheel amplifies ruggedness too. Because of the spare wheel, this tailgate will be side hinged too. Think Mahindra Bolero Invader.A Pink shade, because why not?Because of the rear spare wheel, the pickup truck version misses out on a rear screen, which a regular Baojun Yep gets. This screen is supposedly a way for Yep owners to show their personality by displaying anything they want.What will it pack?The same front design with quad LED headlights, front black grille, clover leaf wheel design and other exterior bits will make their way to this pickup version as well. Baojun will retain the dual horizontal screens on the inside with steering-mounted controls, and other paraphernalia from Yep SUV too.Tough green colourBattery size is not yet out. But this LFP battery has a claimed range of 303 km from a single charge (CLTC). At launch, Baojun Yep will come equipped with a single motor layout generating 68 bhp of power and 140 Nm of torque. An AWD version with two motors is in the works as well. India is likely to get the standard vehicle in the form of MG Yep e-SUV (name will change when announced). More

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    MG Maxus 9 Electric MPV Launch Price 2.5m THB (Rs. 60 Lakh)

    MG Maxus 9 (Maxus Mifa 9)The 90 kWh battery pack on MG Maxus 9 is good for 540 km of range on a single charge with 245 bhp and 350 Nm motor and FWD layout
    MG Maxus 9 EV is launched in Thailand. The British brand has badge-engineered a Maxus Mifa 9 (showcased at 2023 Auto Expo in India) as Maxus 9. Scratched your head? Yes, Maxus is the name of the manufacturer that made the vehicle, Mifa 9. In Thailand, MG has chosen the name of the manufacturer as the name of the model.
    MG Maxus 9 EV Launched In Thailand
    Except for branding, every square inch is identical between Maxus Mifa 9 and MG Maxus 9. MG has priced Maxus 9 between 2.499 million Baht for base X trim and 2.699 million Baht for top-spec V trim in Thailand. Today’s currency exchange translates to a price between Rs. 60 lakh and Rs. 65 lakh.
    MG Maxus 9 Electric MPV
    This is what a Fortuner costs in Karnataka, on-road. For the money, MG Maxus 9 is a 5,270 mm long, 2000 mm wide, 1,840 mm tall fully electric mini-van with a 3,200 mm long wheelbase, automatic sliding doors, and a tonne of tech and gadgetry. We hope MG brings in Mifa 7 instead of this to India.
    High on features and creature comforts
    For starters, MG Maxus 9 is completely identical to Maxus Mifa 9. it is a futuristic fully-electric minivan. The front fascia has sleek LED DRL elements at the top and LED headlights below them. There are strong vertical design elements that lend a lot of aggression. Rear LED tail light signature mimics its face. Reminds me of representation of humans in cavemen’s drawings. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.
    Seating layout
    Owing to its minivan body style, it has an impressive greenhouse and acres of space on the inside. Speaking on the inside, MG Maxus 9 is fairly minimalistic and techy at the same time. Dashboard has two iPad-like displays with rounded corners. One for instrumentation and other for driver’s display. Front seats are powered, ventilated and massaging as well.
    MG Maxus 9 Electric MPV – Sunroof
    MG has integrated AC controls into a touch-sensitive panel below infotainment screen. 2nd-row individual captain chairs are Maxus 9’s forte. These are powered, heated, ventilated, and massage function enabled. Both 2nd-row seats get calf rests, individual armrests and cup holders, individual wireless charging pads and individual digital displays to control respective seat functions and individual foldable tables.
    There is a single-pane sunroof for front occupants and a panoramic sunroof for 2nd and 3rd row occupants. Automatic sliding doors, leather seats, soft-touch interior trims with intricate stitching, ambient lights with 64 colours, dedicated rear climate zone, 12 speaker audio system, 9 USB ports, IRVM with rear camera feed, PM 2.5 air filter are notable elements.
    Luxurious Lounge Seats
    Electrifying powertrain
    MG Maxus 9 comes equipped with a 90 kWh battery coupled with a 245 bhp and 350 Nm single motor FWD architecture. NEDC certified range is up to 540 km on a single charge. An 11 kW AC charger takes the battery from 5%-100% in 8.5 hours and 120 kW DC fast charging allows battery to go from 30%-80% in 30 minutes.
    Because it is an EV, there is a small front boot (Fruit?). 19” alloys with run-flat tyres, ADAS suite, electronic parking brake, TPMS, driver monitoring system, 360-degree camera with high resolution feed are other notable features. In Thailand, MG is offering three different colours namely Pearl White, Black Knight and Concrete Grey/Black Roof. More