MG Mulan is a new gen Global Electric car – Safety to match stringent EU standards for sales in Europe2022 MG Mulan ElectricMG Motor is keen on global expansion. And the world is now more receptive to electric cars. Sales target for Europe is in the region of 1.2 lakh units this year, and this will include MG Mulan, the manufacturer’s newest electric car offering.Built on the Nebula electric platform, the 5-door unit is MG’s first global EV for Europe. Known as Mulan in China, it would wear the MG 4 moniker in export markets. The hatch sits at 4,300 mm, slightly smaller than Nissan Leaf. Mulan EV goes from 0-100 km/h in 4 seconds.New MG Mulan Electric CarOn the design front, MG Mulan Electric is sharp and stylistic. The elements come together with its LED headlight, and taillights, sporty rear spoiler, and panoramic sunroof. Black elements for contrast are visible in almost all aspects of exterior design including the front air intake grille.The logo in front is positioned on the lip above the front grille. In the rear, it’s positioned in the middle of the wraparound taillight system. A high-density battery shaves off volume from the unit for reduced battery thickness. This in turn translates to increased cabin space.2022 MG Mulan ElectricIn keeping with stringent EU norms, MG Mulan fortifies its battery zero thermal runway to prevent it from catching fire or an incident of thermal runaway. The latter occurs in case of battery cell short circuit causing intense heat up, leading to fire. The Nebula platform caters to electric cars. MG Mulan / MG4 fits the slim LBS (Lithium Battery System) under the car’s floor.MG CyberE, Mulan EVPatented as MG CyberE, Mulan EV sales are expected to contribute significantly to volume increase in the years to come. Designed for Level 3 autonomous driving, Mulan features a smart cockpit with 5G connectivity. The link rear suspension has been deeply cultivated in driving control.While the MG ZS EV is available overseas as a FWD, Mulan / MG4 will be available as a RWD. This in turn helps keep up with quick petrol-powered AWD hot hatches in European markets. While RWD is mentioned, no details regarding motor (s) in use are yet available. MG aims to take in mid range electric cars from Tesla with the new Mulan.2022 MG Mulan ElectricSAIC Nebula platformSAIC had announced new battery systems and vehicle platforms to advance vehicle tech. They include SAIC Nebula pure electric only platform, SAIC Everest for oil and electricity integrated vehicle architecture, and SAIC Xinghe for electric and hydrogen integrated vehicle architecture.MG ZS EV is currently sold in India too. Through 2021, the auto manufacturer reported 2.8k units sold here. Despite a single offering which isn’t in the entry price point segment, MG’s EV sales in India have been positive. In April 2022, MG EV sales were just shy of 250 units. More
2022 MG ZS EVMG Motor will be launching a new ZS EV in India with a more powerful 51kWh battery pack and a few more featuresMG Motor will soon be updating its sole electric vehicle offering in India- ZS EV, with a host of new features, redesigned exterior and updated powertrain setup. Facelifted ZS EV will be launched in India on 7 March 2022. Bookings for the updated electric crossover have already begun at a token amount of Rs 50,000, while deliveries are expected to commence later this month.2022 MG ZS Electric SUV – FeaturesLike its petrol-powered sibling- Astor, the new ZS EV is built on MG’s Car-as-a-Platform (CAAP) vision. The latest iteration of ZS EV will only be offered in Exclusive variant. Full features list has now leaked.Similar to Astor, the ZS EV was also expected to get ADAS features like lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking etc. But as per the leaked info, there seems to be no ADAS features on board the ZS EV 2022.It gets LED headlights and DRLs, 17 inch new alloys, roof rails, rear spoiler, 7 inch LCD cluster, leather wrapped steering wheel, PVC + PU seat, 6 airbags, 360 degree camera, TPMS, blind spot detection, pedestrian warning, front and rear seat belt reminder, etc.2022 MG ZS Electric SUV Features List2022 ZS EV also gets a new EcoTree Challenge feature on the MG i-Smart EV 2.0 connected car system. This functionality allows the owner to track his / her CO2 emissions and compare them with other owners. Other than this, the updated i-Smart technology comes with over 75 connected car features.In addition, the updated system will offer an advanced VR system that offers over 100 commands (including over 35 Hinglish commands) to control various functionalities of the car. Other features on offer include a new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment unit compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a panoramic sunroof, a navigation system and more.Updated Powertrain SpecsThe outgoing ZS EV is equipped with a 44.7 kWh HT (Hi-tech) battery pack which is paired to a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor. This powertrain kicks out an output of 143 bhp and 353 Nm of peak torque. The automaker claims a 0-100 kmph time of 8.5 seconds. MG will likely replace the 44.5 kWh battery pack with a 51 kWh which will return the same output.2022 MG ZS EV Facelift – New 17 inch alloysHowever, after the latest update, the new ZS EV is expected to offer a range of almost 500km on a single charge as opposed to 419km offered on the previous iteration. The electric SUV will continue to be offered in FWD configuration and a single-speed automatic gearbox. There are multiple drive modes that alter its power delivery. The range is also increased by a small margin through three-level regenerative braking.Expected Price, TrimsThe upcoming ZS EV will be offered in a single fully-loaded Exclusive trim only which is expected to command a premium over the outgoing model. For reference, the current top-spec variant of the electric crossover is priced at Rs 25.18 lakh (ex-showroom). It will continue to rival Hyundai Kona upon its launch in India. MG India has plans to launch another electric SUV in the Rs 10-15 lakh price range – to rival Tata Nexon EV.Source More
New MG Electric Car TeasedMG will be launching a facelifted version of ZS EV in India in a few months with a reworked exterior styling and a new battery packMG Motor is planning to scale up its electric mobility segment with a number of new models to be launched in the next few years. While ZS EV is already a strong player in the emission-free space, the Chinese-owned British brand will launch some more models in the near future to strengthen its presence in electric mobility.One such model has been teased by MG recently on its social media handles. The short teaser video shows glimpses of the upcoming MG electric car which is yet unnamed. By the looks of it, the company might be launching yet another battery-powered crossover after ZS. However, unlike ZS, this vehicle is expected to be a brand new, born electric car.New MG electric car teasedThe teaser shows the upcoming EV wrapped in an orange paint scheme. Highlights such as broad front fenders, high bonnet line, high ground clearance and a flat-ish tailgate indicate the company has opted for the SUV route. In the caption, MG says that this electric car has been developed keeping in mind the needs of consumers in the UK.Hence, in all likelihood, this upcoming electric car will be launched in the UK and other developed markets in Europe. The carmaker has also revealed that the battery-powered vehicle will be making its global debut by the fourth quarter of 2022 which means towards the end of this year.[embedded content][embedded content]Exterior Styling HighlightsOther visual highlights revealed from the teaser include black plastic cladding on door sills, big wheel arches, 17-inch dual-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels, strong shoulder lines, ORVMs with gloss black finish and a sloping roofline with a blacked-out glass roof. At rear, the EV features Y-shaped LED wraparound taillamps that meet the MG logo at the centre of the tailgate.The social media post also mentions that this upcoming electric car will measure 4,300mm in length which puts it in the same league as Hyudai Creta and Kia Seltos. It is, in fact, 14mm shorter than the current ZS EV. The images also confirm the presence of a camera on the ORVM which suggests that a 360-degree camera could be part of this package.Expected Powertrain SpecsWhile official details are yet awaited, this electric car teased in social media could be the brand’s new EV- MG 4. Upon its launch, MG 4 is expected to rival other upcoming entry-level electric SUVs like Kia EV6 and Volkswagen ID.3. This electric SUV is expected to feature a 61.1 kWh battery pack powering an electric motor to generate a maximum output of 154 bhp and 260 Nm of torque.This powertrain is expected to return a range of around 400km on a single charge. In all probability, this SUV is not likely to arrive on Indian shores anytime soon. In India, MG will be launching a facelifted ZS EV with more options as far as battery packs are concerned. The new electric car is expected to be more affordable than the existing ZS EV since it is being promoted with the tagline MG Electric for All. More
2022 MG ZS EV Facelift – charging socket is now placed to the left of the MG logoCurrently, MG Motor offers ZS EV in two trims namely Excite and Exclusive and is priced between Rs 21.49 lakh and Rs 25.18 lakh (ex-sh)MG ZS EV completed two years in India last month. In this period, it has generated about 4k in sales – making it one of the best selling Electric SUVs of India. MG Motor is now getting ready to launch a facelifted version of ZS EV. The latest iteration of the electric crossover will undergo substantial changes on its exterior styling as well as interior layout, features and maybe powertrain specs as well.Spy shots of camouflaged test mules have already been posted. Another prototype of the facelifted MG ZS EV has been spotted testing on Indian roads, this time in a completely disguised avatar. Unlike the previous test mule, this one didn’t wear a hint of camouflage and was wrapped by a white paint scheme.2022 MG ZS Electric SUV – Updated StylingThe latest set of spy shots reveals many specific details regarding the design and features updates on the upcoming ZS EV. Starting with design, the overall design of the car remains similar to the current model with the same crossover silhouette carried forward.The exterior styling of the latest iteration of the electric crossover is in line with Astor which is based on the facelifted ZS petrol sold in overseas markets. For starters, the most significant change is witnessed in its front face which features a closed-off nose instead of a faux grille with a celestial pattern seen in the current model.2022 MG ZS EV Facelift – New 17 inch alloysThe charging point is mounted on the nose itself, on the left of the MG logo. Another major difference is the front bumper which has been reprofiled to accommodate a slightly narrower air dam and thin air splitters on each side.In fact, the entire front end including the bumper and front and left fenders appear to be a single comprehensive unit. The other big difference is a sleeker pair of LED headlights similar to the ones seen in Astor.The upcoming iteration of ZS EV also rides on new diamond-cut alloy wheels with a dual-tone finish. At rear, things will remain mostly intact with similar wraparound LED tail lights, tailgate and bumper. Alloys are wearing a new design.2022 MG ZS EV FaceliftInterior Updates & New FeaturesThe electric crossover will also witness significant updates inside the cabin as well. Dashboard layout will be redesigned with new rectangular AC vents positioned above a new touchscreen infotainment display taking centre stage. In addition, the new ZS EV also gets revised auto climate control buttons and a redesigned centre console. The dashboard could also benefit from a carbon fiber finish at certain places.Like the current ZS EV, the upcoming model is expected to be packed to the brim with features. The most impressive addition will be a larger panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree camera and a front camera installed on the car’s nose which offers Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). Features under ADAS are expected to include lane departure warning, semi-autonomous parking assists and more.Expected PowertrainCurrently, ZS EV is equipped with a 44.5kWh lithium-ion battery which is paired with an electric motor to return an output of 141 bhp and 353 Nm of peak torque. It offers a claimed range of 419 kms on full charge, which is the longest range offered compared to any EV in India. The facelifted model is expected to be offered with a larger 51kWh battery pack. This will deliver an even higher range of approx 480 kms. More
2022 MG Astor Electric (ZS EV)An improved battery capacity is expected to push the certified range beyond 450 KmNew test prototypes of the facelifted 2022 MG ZS compact electric crossover have been doing rounds in India for a while now, indicating that the launch is not far away. The updated version of the EV made its international debut in October last year and is reported to enter our market next month. The relatively short turnaround time underscores the important role the model plays in MG India’s scheme of things.2022 MG Astor Electric (ZS EV) – What’s new?While there were earlier evidences which indicated that the India-spec MG ZS EV is going to adopt a smaller battery to optimize cost, a more recent report suggests that the upcoming iteration will actually adopt a larger battery pack, and hence will have an improved autonomy.For reference, the current ZS EV on sale in India is equipped with a 44.5 kWh battery pack which has an autonomy of 419 Km certified by ICAT. It is being reported that the new version will adopt a 51 kWh pack which is expected to push the official range figure over 450 Km.A larger battery pack is likely to be accompanied by a sizable increase in price tag but a best-in-class range would go a long way in bolstering the compact electric crossover’s appeal. As of now, it is the Tata Nexon which is the best seller in the segment.[embedded content][embedded content]As far as e-motor is concerned, we don’t expect any significant changes. To recap, the ZS EV is powered by a PMSM (Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor) which has a peak power and torque outputs of 141 hp and 353 Nm respectively.The charging system comprises a regular 7.4 kW AC and fast 50 kW DC systems. The enhanced battery capacity will slightly increase the fast-charging time from 0 to 80% which currently stands less than 50 minutes.Styling updatesStyling changes on the 2022 MG ZS EV are primarily concentrated on the front fascia. While sheet metal design remains pretty much untouched, the previous version’s conventional front grille has been eliminated in favor of a body-colored pseudo grille element which is expected to bring in aerodynamic improvements.2022 MG Astor Electric (ZS EV)The MG logo on the nose has now ditched its black background and no longer hinds the charging port behind it. Instead, the new grille element houses the hardly noticeable charging port lid.The new version of the MG electric SUV also gets new alloy wheel design which also appears to bring a slight improvement to overall aerodynamics. We don’t expect any significant changes to the interior. MG India has also equipped the EV variant with some features that are borrowed from the Astor.2022 MG Astor Electric (ZS EV)A digital instrument console, larger 10.1-inch infotainment system (current ZS uses a 8-inch unit), and wireless charger, ADAS features, are likely to be the new additions. Latest spy shots of the ZS EV confirm the presence of a radar module in the front. The MG ZS is currently the second best selling electric vehicle in India after Tata Nexon. We expect the new model to continue its strong run.Source More
2022 MG ZS Electric SUV Spied. Image – ParthThe facelifted MG ZS EV will feature an updated exterior design in line with the recently launched European model but with different battery pack options
A few months ago, MG Motor launched a new compact C-segment SUV named Astor which is based on the petrol version of ZS sold internationally. However, Astor is based on the facelifted ZS unlike the pre-facelift ZS EV currently on sale in India. MG Motor has been selling the electric crossover in the country since early 2020.
MG Motor is now planning to launch a facelifted version of the ZS EV in India. A test mule of the same has been caught on camera for the first time near the company’s manufacturing facility in Halol, Gujarat. The image is credit to automotive enthusiast Parth, who shared the image via Rushlane Spylane. The prototype spotted was heavily wrapped under camouflage.
2022 MG ZS Electric Facelift – Exterior Updated
Since the test mule is completely covered by camouflage, it is difficult to decode the exterior design of the SUV. However, the 2022 MG ZS Electric Facelift is expected to be designed in line with Astor and the facelifted ZS EV model which made its debut in Europe three months ago. The updated exterior should feature a new hexagonal closed-off front grille with a celestial pattern flanked by sleeker LED headlamps on each side.
Another notable difference is the reprofiled front bumper with a larger and wider air dam. That said, a crossover-ish silhouette of the current model will be carried forward to the upcoming model. The test mule is seen standing on the same set of 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels as the current ZS EV. Rear end of the crossover should be more or less similar with slightly revised LED taillamps.
2022 MG ZS Electric SUV Spied
Interiors of the ZS EV facelift are also not likely to boast any dramatic updates. It should feature the same dashboard layout with highlights such as a new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display and an updated fully digital instrument console. Other features expected to be on offer include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (both probably wireless) and MG’s i-Smart connected car technology.
Updated Powertrain- New battery on offer
There is still no clarity if the 2022 MG ZS Electric will receive an updated powertrain. Currently, ZS EV in India is powered by a 44.5 kWh battery pack which offers a claimed range of 419km on a single charge. This powertrain returns an output of 141 bhp and 353 Nm of peak torque. In international markets, the new ZS EV facelift is offered with two battery options- a 51kWh unit and a 72kWh unit.
As per recent Type Approval document, MG could offer a smaller battery pack in the 2022 ZS EV which will offer a lower range but will come with a lower price tag as compared to the current model. In all probability, the updated ZS EV will now be equipped with a battery capacity of 40kWh which was revealed in the approval document leaked in August last year.
2022 MG ZS Electric SUV Spied
MG Motor will also offer multiple charging options in the new ZS EV facelift. Presently, a 7.4kW AC charger takes six to eight hours to get fully juiced up. On the other hand, a 50kW DC fast charger takes less than 50 minutes to juice up the battery from zero to eighty percent. Current MG ZS EV is priced from Rs 21.5 lakh for base trim and costs Rs 25.18 lakh for top trim – ex-sh prices. More
MG Marvel 2021 Euro NCAP Crash Test
If launched in India, MG Marvel X could be priced upwards of Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom)
2021 Marvel R electric SUV from MG Motor has achieved an impressive 4-star safety rating when it was recently crash tested at Euro NCAP. Marvel R is an international derivative of the electric SUV sold under the Roewe brand in China. For reference, MG Motor is owned by Chinese automaker SAIC.
The battery-powered SUV is expected to hit Indian shores in the coming few months and is likely to be retailed as ‘Marvel X’. It was even showcased as a pre-production prototype of MG’s Vision E Concept at the last edition of Auto Expo in India.
MG Marvel R- Euro NCAP tests
The SUV went on sale in China earlier this year as Roewe Marvel R and will be positioned as a premium electric SUV above ZS EV when it is launched in India. The SUV is considered to be a lot more advanced than ZS EV and packs a long list of safety features which helped it obtain an impressive safety rating. Weighing 1840kg, the SUV managed Adult Occupant and Child Occupant Protection of 80% and 75% respectively.
Getting into details of the crash test, the passenger compartment of Marvel R remained stable in the frontal offset test. It offered good protection to knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger. However, protection of the driver’s chest was rated as marginal based on readings of chest compression. In addition, structure of the dashboard also posed a risk of injury to occupants of different sizes.
List of Safety Features in Marvel R
When it came to the full-width rigid barrier test, Marvel R offered an adequate or good amount of protection to all the critical body parts of the passengers, except for the pelvis of the rear passenger. The electric SUV also scored well in the side barrier test in which protection of all critical body regions was good. Marvel R scored its highest points in this test.
Coming to the long list of safety features, Marvel R is equipped with an advanced eCall system that alerts the emergency services in case the vehicle meets a collision. It also features an active braking system which helps in reducing the secondary impacts in case of a mishap. Other notable safety features on offer include an IP67 battery with an anti-intrusion protection level and six high-voltage circuit safety management strategies.
Marvel R is powered by three electric motors- one on the front axle, two on the rear. The motors derive energy from a 70 kWh battery pack which results in a combined output of 288 bhp and 665 Nm of torque. The powertrain offers a range of a little more than 400 km on a single charge according to the WLTP cycle.
As far as performance is concerned, Marvel R can sprint from 0-100 kmph in just 4.8 seconds. Top speed of the electric SUV has been electronically capped at 180 kmph. When connected to a fast charger, the battery can rejuvenate from 0-80 percent in just 40 minutes. More
MG One SUV – Image for reference.With pricing in range of Rs 10-15 lakh, MG’s new electric car will take on Tata Nexon EV and Hyundai’s upcoming electric car
While SUV segment is currently the focus area for most carmakers, the next big battle will be in EV space. Estimates indicate that EV sales will witness CAGR of 53% by 2028. Sales are expected to zoom to around 1.75 lakh units per year by 2028. A significant percentage of the sales will comprise entry-level electric cars like Nexon EV.
Among the auto companies that are planning to take an early lead in this space is MG Motor. MG already offers its ZS EV in India, which is the second bestselling EV in India, after Tata Nexon EV. ZS EV is a premium electric car, available at a starting price of Rs 21 lakh. Due to its high pricing, it cannot be expected to generate high volumes.
New MG Electric Car For India
MG’s new electric car will directly rival Nexon EV. It will be available in the price range of Rs 10-15 lakh. In comparison, Nexon EV is available in the range of Rs 14.24 lakh to Rs 16.85 lakh.
There could be more rivals for MG, as other carmakers like Hyundai are also planning to launch entry-level electric cars in India. Hyundai is planning multiple electric cars In India, one of which will be Nexon EV rival. It could be based on existing petrol-powered cars such as Venue or i10 Nios.
New MG5 Sedan. Image for reference.
MG Motor is encouraged by the fact that government has provided significant clarity on EV roadmap in the country. It motivates the company to aggressively target this space. MG Motor feels that it should be able to launch its new electric car in India by end of next financial year. MG’s new EV will be based on a global platform. However, it will be customized to meet Indian drive conditions, regulations and local tastes and preferences.
Focus on localization
In addition to domestic sales, MG Motor will be also targeting exports of its new EV. It will primarily cater to other emerging markets in Asia. MG Motor will be looking to utilize the government’s PLI (Production Linked Incentive) scheme, wherein cash incentives are given to manufacturers based on production.
PLI scheme was recently extended for auto sector, auto components and battery manufacturing. For its new electric car, MG will target high level of localization that covers motor, battery and other parts. MG’s new electric car could be a better match to the likes of Nexon EV. It is likely to have a comprehensive range of features. If competitively priced, it could beat Nexon EV in the numbers game.
Even the premium MG ZS EV has considerable demand in India. There are currently more than 2,000 pending orders, primarily due to global shortage of semiconductor chips. Due to this, monthly deliveries are limited to around 250-300 units. As the situation improves, MG hopes to increase supply to 500-600 units per month from February 2022 onwards. More
2022 MG ZS Electric FaceliftMG updated the battery pack of the India-spec ZS EV a few months back which offers a claimed ARAI range of 419 kms on a single charge
MG is looking to expand its presence across European markets as it has unveiled the new ZS EV facelift. For 2022, the electric crossover has received a mild makeover that involves subtle cosmetic updates but more importantly gets an upgraded battery pack. It is expected to hit showrooms in the UK by November this year. ZS is an all electric version of the soon to be launched Astor in India.
Other than the styling tweaks and electrical upgrades, the updated ZS EV gets a new range-topping variant called Long Range. To start with its design, the electric SUV gets subtle variations in design although the overall silhouette has been retained from the current model.
2022 MG ZS EV (Astor Electric) – Styling And Features
Upfront, the facelifted ZS EV ditches a chrome-surround grille in favour of a faux sealed-off grille which marks a clear distinction between itself and its IC engine-powered sibling. It is flanked by sleeker LED headlamp units on each side which resemble the ones in its petrol-powered counterpart Astor recently unveiled in India. It also sports reprofiled front and rear bumpers, a new alloy wheel design and slightly redesigned LED internals for taillights.
Just like its exterior, the interior of the cabin of the 2022 MG ZS Electric Facelift also doesn’t boast any radical changes. The dashboard layout remains identical to the outgoing model. However, it gets a new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display along with an updated fully digital instrument console.
2022 MG ZS Electric Facelift
The infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It is also equipped with MG’s iSmart platform which offers a wide range of connected car features.
New Battery Options
More significant updates have been made to its battery options. The updated ZS EV will be available in two derivatives- base and long-range. The base variant of the electric crossover now gets a larger 51 kWh battery pack instead of a 44.5 kWh unit. The new battery pack offers a range of 320 kms on a single charge as opposed to 263 kms in the older base model.
The long-range variant features an even larger 72 kWh battery which offers a range of 439 kms on a single charge as per the WLTP cycle. Both variants are offered with an 11 kW AC charger as standard. Further, MG has integrated a four-stage LED indicator into the charging port offset to the right of the brand logo at the nose to reflect charging status.
2022 MG ZS Electric Facelift
The company claims that the long-range variant could be fully charged in ten and a half hours using the standard AC charger. On using a 100 kW DC fast charger, the battery could be rejuvenated 0-80 percent in just 42 minutes. Motor specifications of the car have remained unchanged.
The long-range variant has been priced at €34,990 (INR 30.34 lakh) whereas the base variant is expected to go on sale sometime next year at a price of €30,990 (INR 26.87 lakh). The facelifted ZS EV is unlikely to reach Indian shores anytime soon. Expect it to arrive in India later next year. It could get renamed to MG Astor Electric or MG Astor EV. More