Updated MG ZS EV unveiled with increased range
The MG ZS EV has received a substantial update for 2021, including a redesign and new battery options
- Available with 51kWh and 72kWh battery options
- Flagship model capable of up to 273 miles of range
- On sale next month
The MG ZS EV has received a significant midlife facelift with an exterior redesign, a refreshed interior, upgraded tech and a pair of new battery options, one of which has boosted the maximum range of the budget-focused SUV to 273 miles.
When the updated MG ZS EV goes on sale next month, it will continue to rival the Nissan Leaf and Renault ZOE, with the larger battery version offering a far longer range than the entry-level Kia e-Niro. Prices have yet to be confirmed but buyers can register their interest via MG’s website.
2021 MG ZS EV: design
The redesign of the new MG ZS EV includes a blank, closed front grille incorporating the charging port to set it apart from the petrol model.. The LED headlights have also been tweaked and there are a new set of aerodynamic alloy wheels with a two-tone paint finish. A new tail light design, restyled rear bumper and a new look rear diffuser with silver trim inserts finish also feature.
Interior and trim levels
Inside, a new larger 10.1-inch infotainment screen is fitted and features new graphics. This setup runs the brand’s latest ‘iSMART’ smartphone connectivity, which allows remote access to a variety of the car’s functions such as security, charging and the climate control, with the option to pre-warm or cool the cabin before a journey. A new digital instrument cluster is also standard along with a wireless charging pad on the flagship model.
Two trim levels will be offered, called SE and Trophy. Full details of specifications will be revealed closer to the car’s on sale date.
Battery and charging
Two versions of the updated MG ZS EV will be available, with the flagship 72kWh Long Range version officially capable of 273 miles between charges. This larger battery model will be the only version available at launch, with the 51kWh Standard Range model arriving next year with a range of up to 198 miles.
Rapid-charging capability is limited to 76kW, meaning the larger 72kWh battery can be charged from 0-100% in 42 minutes. When using a standard 7kW wallbox, a full charge takes around 10.5 hours.
What does it mean for car buyers?
The arrival of the new MG ZS EV is great news for buyers who want a long range EV on a budget. With a 273-mile range, the budget-focused electric SUV is now a genuine competitor to far more expensive models like the Kia e-Niro. The update could make the MG ZS EV an affordable electric car with few compromises.
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