The 2022 MG ZS EV (facelift) that is expected to debut this year would bear a new logo as part of the upgrades. The SAIC-owned British brand has previewed the revised logo in China.
After Kia and General Motors in January, MG has become the third auto brand to introduce a new logo as it gears up for more intensive electrification. The new MG logo has a flat look instead of 3D, and while the old logo is coloured in silver, it carries a black finish. The overall design is still familiar and classically hexagonal.
The MG ZS EV facelift would entail comprehensive changes, the most critical of which is a longer, 400+ km range. It could be introduced in China, which is home to the electric SUV and its brand, with a premiere taking place in the second half of the year, before rolling out globally.
2022 MG ZS EV exterior & interior changes
The MG ZS EV is a derivative of the ICE model MG ZS (petrol) introduced in 2016. The ICE model received its first facelift in 2019, and this year, it should be the electric derivative’s turn to go under the knife.
We have worked on a rendering to show what the 2022 MG ZS EV with 500 km range could look like. Visual changes are similar to the upgraded thermal-engined MG ZS. The petrol variant’s new hexagonal grille is traded for an adaptation of the EV-specific ‘Star rider’ clubbed with revised headlamps and tweaked bumpers and wheels. The revised headlamps are LED units, which should offer brighter and more efficient illumination. Another difference with respect to lights is the addition of small front fog lamps that should be optional.
Major interior changes are expected in the 2022 MG ZS EV starting with the fully digital instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system. Several new connected vehicle solutions could also be among the new comfort and convenience features.
2022 MG ZS EV range
The current MG ZS EV, which comes with a 44.5 kWh battery pack, can drive up to 263 km on a full charge, as per Europe’s WLTP rating. The 2022 MG ZS EV will have cosmetic alterations and substantial technical changes. One of the key improvements will be high temperature resistance, as per a report from Autocar India.
“We’re definitely working on a ZS EV battery for 500 km of range,” Rajeev Chaba, President and Managing Director, MG (India), said during a recent interaction. “We should launch a robust 500 km of range hopefully by next year,” he added. Note that 500 km is the Indian metric, not WLTP, and is 38 per cent higher than the specification at the launch of the electric SUV in 2020 (44.5 kWh battery).
It is difficult to pinpoint a particular factor on the mileage or the range of the battery, as such. We are in an evolving battery technology space and the back-end support of SAIC helps us to have a competitive advantage and access to the research and technology on the battery. It will be multiple factors but largely battery technology, and hopefully we’ll achieve the mission of 500 km on a single charge.Gaurav Gupta, chief commercial officer at MG Motor India, talking to EVW on the 500 km range ZS EV variant.
MG could be targeting a WLTP range of over 350 km with a higher capacity battery pack in the 2022 ZS EV. The competition is already way ahead, like Hyundai’s Kona Electric, for instance, which can do up to 484 km (WLTP) in its most range-focused configuration. The Korean electric SUV is optionally available with even a three-phase on-board charger, which could be another feature MG adds to its ZS EV with the mid-life update. MG does not have the brand leverage of a Hyundai in the Old Continent, and should keep prices relatively lower to the competition to build up sales.
The 2022 MG ZS EV could reach European showrooms towards the end of this year or early next year, with outlets in Norway and the UK getting the first priority.