EVW can confirm that MG Motor India will display the Baojun E200 at the Auto Expo 2020 which opens 5 February, sporting the MG badge, as part of the 14-car lineup display. The E200 hit Chinese dealer showrooms last year as the SAIC-GM-Wuling’s second electric vehicle, carrying over 200 updates over its first attempt, the E100 (that came down for trials around the company’s Halol plant), including a new exterior, interior and higher range. The model launched in two variants priced at 54,800 yuan (Rs 5.67 lakh) and 64,800 yuan (Rs 6.71 lakh).
The two-seater E200 has a range of 250 km under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) conditions for a single charge, and it designed for the daily commuting needs in Chinese urban markets. It is powered by a higher-density 29 kW (38.88 hp) Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor that develops 110 Nm of torque to give it a top speed of less than 100 km/h. The vehicle measures a diminutive 2497*1526*1616 mm (L*W*H) with a 1600 mm wheelbase and a 3.8m turning radius that makes it ideal for congested cities. The cabin is designed with 11 storage areas, arm rest, hooks and foldable seat to accommodate large articles.
The E200 features Antilock Brakes (ABS) + Electric Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), but does not have airbags. Other features include 7-Inch Color LCD Dashboard, LED headlamps, dual-channel speakers and the remote interactive system in the E200 provides drivers with info on charging, parking navigation, power supply and vehicle inspection.
Improvements to the E200 included a reducer in the two parts of the motor that brought down the noise and vibration. The company says when the vehicle speeds up from 2,600-3,800 rpm, gearbox noise is only 40-45 decibels. Another improvement is to the air conditioner which has received a low-noise compressor and low-noise fan to emit just 42.9 decibels.
MG E200 to launch in India for under Rs. 10 lakh price?
EVW understands that MG Motor India does not intend to launch the E200, and is importing it for displaying low-cost innovation and the brand’s future-forward focus in the EV market. Earlier in the week the company unveiled the E300 in China which comes with bigger dimensions (2625/1647/1588 mm with a wheelbase of 1750 mm) with an optional two-row four-seat configuration. It is safe to assume then that MG Motor India’s affordable electric car launching in 2023 is not a vehicle from the existing SAIC carlines and that it would have rear doors and ample space for luggage.
Video from China Auto Show Youtube channel.