The All Electric SUV: MG ZS EV

MG (Morris Garages) has established a place in the Indian automotive market in just few months. MG started its journey in India with the Hector in 2019 and which turned out to be a huge success after it sold in thousands of units in just few months. MG has been uniquely providing features in cars which are first in segment, like the Hector came with the badge of connected SUV, which was a very new concept in India. And now MG is bringing a new SUV in the Indian market called the MG ZS EV which is again a unique concept as it is a fully electric SUV.

The MG ZS EV is the second product of Morris Garages in India in few months which means that MG has made a mark in the industry. Being a fully electric SUV it can be considered a bit expensive and should fall in between the likes of Jeep Compass, Hyundai Kona EV and Hyundai Tucson. The Jeep Compass is the currently the segment leader in this segment and it is going to be very tough for MG to gain the market share with the likes of already established players in the market. Kona already being an electric car becomes the direct competition of the MG ZS EV but the ZS EV has got a slight advantage is it is an SUV whereas the Kona is a Crossover.

Seeing from the outside, the ZS EV's face has a signature MG look and features a diamond-studded grille pattern with chrome surrounds. This grille also houses the car's charging point that can be accessed by lifting the illuminated logo. The face is uplifted by those sharp LED headlamps and gets a front bumper garnished with chrome skirts. Apart from the silver roof rails, large windows and ORVM's with turn indicators in its side profile, what is unique is the windmill inspired alloy wheels. Then, round at the back too, you can see a large LED tail lamps. Further, a tall stance, neatly laid out lines and its overall proportions and design clearly make it a proper five-seater SUV that should attract anybody.

Take a look at the inside, you will find the black faux leather that feels premium, soft-touch materials all over, which are comfortable. In spite, the driver’s seat being six-way electrically adjustable the steering is not a telescopic one to get the perfect driving position. The layout is good with most controls within the driver’s reach. The second row does miss a center arm rest and air-con vents. And even though it can accommodate three people without much discomfort, the seats could have done with better under-thigh support. It still is a practical cabin with a good amount of storage along with cup-holders. And there’s a huge boot space of 448 litres accommodating luggage of all kinds of shapes and sizes.

The ZS EV is also house to a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, six airbags, ABS, EBD, hill-hold, hill descent control, TPMS, all seat-belts reminder and even three-point seatbelt in the second row are a part of the safety suite. Though the screen isn’t as big as the one in the Hector, this ZS EV features an updated version of the infotainment system.

The MG ZS EV will come powered by a 44.5 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack. The electric motor combined with this battery pack churns out 150 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque output. The ZS will be able to run around 340 km on a single charge, the automaker claims.

The MG ZS EV is fully set to launch in January 2020 and is one of the most anticipated launches of next year after MG gave one of the biggest hit in 2019, the MG Hector. The estimated price of the ZS EV is approximately 20-25 lakh rupees (ex-showroom). It will be exciting to see how the automotive market reacts to the launch of the MG ZS EV.

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