Next-gen MG electric car to be a cut-price VW ID.3 rival – Report

A brand new MG electric car is in the works, and it’s a compact hatchback, Peter Ciao, CEO, MG (Australia and New Zealand), has revealed. The new MG EV would compete with the likes of the VW ID.3, the Cupra el-Born and the Nissan Leaf.

Ciao talked about the upcoming MG electric car at the Australian launch of the MG ZS EV last month in Sydney. He said that MG plans to launch an electric hatchback that is cheaper than the ZS EV electric SUV that costs AUD 41,990 or INR 22.73 lakh onwards. The MG electric hatchback in Australia will start below AUD 40,000 or INR 21.65 lakh, he added.

Furthermore Ciao gave a brief idea about the positioning of the MG electric hatchback. He revealed that it would have dimensions similar to the Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Thus, it would rival compact electric cars like those mentioned above.

According to a report from motoring.com.au, the new MG electric car won’t be a makeshift EV derived from an internal combustion engine car like the ZS. It will be based on a dedicated EV platform, and thus, a new model designed from the ground up. Expect it to look very futuristic, feature a highly digital interior designed with a minimalist approach and offer space exceeding that of a conventional compact hatchback like the Toyota Corolla, the VW Golf and the Hyundai i30. SAIC would obviously target a range of over 500 km (NEDC) for this model.

The MG electric car that will rival the likes of VW ID.3 is still over a year away from its debut. Ciao said that “it will be 2022 or 2023”, without disclosing whether he was talking about the Australian arrival or the global debut.

Meanwhile in India MG has promised to launch an affordable electric model and a 500 km range version of the ZS EV in 2022.

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