MG brand expanded its line of electric cars for Europe – DRIVE

Between 1924 and 2005, the stamp MG really was British, but now it is owned by a Chinese concern SAIC… ZS EV electric car and hybrid EHS (in the photo on the left) “the British” built themselves and sold only them in Europe for two years. Now MG nameplates are attached to the brand’s models Roewe (case).

Branch MG Motor Europe, which has been relaunching the “iconic British brand” in the European Union since October 2019, announced “entering a new phase” with three models. At the end of this month, sales of the updated compact will start MG ZS EV and the new (for the EU) flagship MG Marvel R Electric SUV (Roewe Marvel R). The first quarter of 2022 will be marked by the launch of a restyled station wagon MG5 Electric (Roewe Ei5). All three have already received price tags in euros. (Video presentation lasts 23 minutes.)

It was – it is. The SUV was updated for Europe earlier than for China. External differences: a nose in body color instead of a grille, new headlights (now LED) and the design of both bumpers. In the cabin, the console is redesigned for a single MG iSmart media center with a 10.1-inch touchscreen for all models.

The hatchback MG ZS EV (4323 × 1809 × 1649 mm, base – 2581, ground clearance – 161) replaced the electric motor, so instead of 105 kW (143 HP, 353 N • m) develops 150 kW (204 HP, 280 N • m). The battery with a capacity of 44.5 kWh (263 km) has been replaced by two new units for 50.3 and 70 kWh, which promise a range of 320 and 440 km (WLTP). “At the base” is a three-phase device of 11 kW, charging the ZS EV by 80% in 30-40 minutes. Acceleration to hundreds takes 8.6 s, top speed – 175 km / h. The Comfort and Luxury trim levels are estimated at 30,990–34,990 euros (2.57–2.9 million rubles).

The flagship MG Marvel R Electric (4674 × 1919 × 1613 mm, base – 2804, ground clearance – 133.9) exchanges a hundred in 7.9 s, reaching 200 km / h. His story began with a model Roewe Marvel X (2017), continued with a concept Marvel-R (2020) and through the February start of sales in the PRC reached the October launch in Europe.

The five-seater Marvel R in Comfort and Luxury trim levels will be available with two 132 kW (180 PS, 410 Nm) electric motors and rear-wheel drive. The Performance version is endowed with a third engine at the front, which provides all-wheel drive and an output of 212 kW (288 hp; 665 N • m). The 70 kWh battery promises a mileage of 370 km for the top SUV, and 402 km for others (WLTP). Charging to 80% takes 43 minutes. The interior is dominated by a 19.4-inch touchscreen, shading the digital tidy by 12.3. Prices range from 39,990 to 47,990 euros (3.31-3.98 million rubles).

“The world’s first electric station wagon” MG5 (4600 × 1818 × 1521 mm, between the axles – 2665, ground clearance – 115) offers a boot volume of 479-1367 liters, surpassing both the Marvel R (357-1396) and ZS EV (448- 1166). The driver looks into a seven-inch digital tidy, the diagonal of the main display is 10.1.

The MG5 Electric shed motor develops 115–130 kW (156–177 HP, 280 N • m). An NMC battery with a capacity of 61.1 kWh means 400 km (WLTP), a 50.3 kWh LFP battery promises only 320 km, and it will appear on sale “at a later stage.” The Comfort and Luxury versions will start at 30,000 euros (2.48 million rubles), but already in 2022.

MG Motor Europe claims to have a foothold in 16 European countries and is awaiting the joining of Switzerland with Finland. The number of branded showrooms is expected to grow from 200 to 400 by the end of the year. 7103 units in continental Europe in six months of 2021 are considered “astonishing sales results” against 1431 cars in the same period of 2020. If you count the UK leaving the EU to the heap, you get a half-year record of 20,695 pieces.

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