New MG ZS EV facelift (500 km range version) imagined

The MG ZS received a facelift last year and changes are on the cards for the MG ZS EV. Our exclusive rendering accompanying the report previews the new MG electric car.

The new MG ZS EV has visual changes similar to those of the new MG ZS. It doesn’t feature the petrol variant’s new hexagonal grille but rather 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.

New MG ZS EV facelift front quarters rendering
The new MG ZS EV facelift could go on sale first in China later this year or early next year before reaching India and other global markets.

Major interior changes also expected in the new MG ZS EV facelift. These are a 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.

The MG ZS EV new model will have changes to the technical specifications. In June, a report from livemint.com confirmed plans to increase the new MG ZS EV range to 500 km in India by 2022. This would be made possible through a bigger battery pack.

A 500 km range would make the ZS the ‘best electric car’ in India with respect to range, beating the likes of the Hyundai Kona Electric and the upcoming Mahindra eXUV300. That is if VW India does not upstage MG’s plan by introducing the ID.4 SUV (500 km range in the WLTP). The ZS currently manages 340 km in the ARAI test.

MG Motor is expecting the Indian economy to return to normalcy by 2022 and EVs to get significant traction in the next few years, justifying its decision to increase investments. The company is planning to increase the localisation of critical EV components and starting assembling the batteries in India. For the third step, MG Motor is developing an affordable electric car in the Rs 12-15 lakh price bracket, competing against the likes of the Tata Nexon EV and the Mahindra eXUV300.

Rajeev Chaba, President and MD of MG Motor India, told the aforementioned business publication that the company wants to double its investment in EVs in medium- to long-term. The company wants to be the leader in the EV space and coming up with a battery that offers a range of 500 km to achieve the same is one of the moves towards the goal. He further said that everyone is talking about 8 per cent GDP growth in 2021 because the base will go down in 2020, and 2022 will be a good year for MG to implement the new plans. He also reaffirmed that it is undecided on the battery assembly, whether it will be an in-house operation or through a vendor.

Since June this year, the MG ZS EV has been available in India in six further cities: Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Jaipur, Pune and Surat. When it was launched in January 2020, it was available in only Delhi/NCR, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.