PHEV MG EHS makes a school for European competitors

The PHEV MG EHS was apparently built by a Chinese designer with a strong desire to prove himself, after accumulating years of contempt. God forbid I try to hurt, it’s just an imaginary hypothesis, but it may be that after long days of hearing the phrase “well, it’s Chinese”, he decided to build a car that will catch the eyes of Europeans, Koreans and certainly Japanese, it will cost as much as it costs. A brand that penetrated the country 16 years ago, but it’s time for it to declare “I’m here.”

The MG ZS EV that you landed with us was last year for the electric vehicle sold in Israel. This is not only the relatively low price, but also the value it submitted. We are now talking about upgrading in level, abilities and visibility. The PHEV MG EHS is a rechargeable plug-in vehicle, one that combines driving on electricity with a gasoline engine. So the Chinese who arrived humble and hidden to the tools, now aiming high, even at vehicles like the Peugeot 3008 that lives in the nearby showroom, yet they are represented by the same importer (Lubinski company).

I’m not just thrilled, if you live about 50 miles back and forth from work and you can set up a charging station near home, or you have one in the office, this vehicle is definitely worth checking out.

PHEV MG EHS (Photo: Ronen Topelberg)

At first glance, the price is not low, 159 thousand shekels, but for the technology offered and the level of vehicle you get, the price makes sense. This is a beautiful-looking jeep, elegant and most of all it is impressive in its dimensions. Its length is 457 centimeters, its wheelbase is 272 centimeters. It’s not just the front seat occupants, the back row will also feel that the space spread out in front of them is huge.

And inside, the level of instrumentation is already almost excessive. These are not several finish levels but only one, and get a large panoramic sunroof, split climate control, including rear air vents, electric front seats with the option of heating, electric opening and closing of the trunk, endless amounts of leather in the seats, dashboard. I admit that the demo car came with upholstery that was partly red, which did not really do me any good, but do not worry: conservatives like me have a choice of dark color.

There is an excellent audio system with a 10.1-inch multimedia screen, I just have to point out that controlling it was a bit cumbersome. Add a digital dashboard with rotating views, keyless entry and propulsion – and you’ll find a list you won’t find in more expensive vehicles either. So it’s true that there is a choice between 64 colors of indoor mood lighting and the possibility that the color will also work if you ask, but overall there is no kitschy exaggeration as sometimes the Chinese volunteer to give. The majority are in good taste with attention to the smallest details.

PHEV MG EHS (Photo: Ronen Topelberg)PHEV MG EHS (Photo: Ronen Topelberg)

After we finished whistling in admiration, we set off. The electric driving range, according to what we are told, is 52 kilometers, and it turns out that there is truth in the advertising. We more or less reached this mileage only through the battery. The driver can now manage the ride. Drive only on electricity, or save some for later and in the meantime use the gasoline engine. While driving he can recharge the battery by regenerative braking, which is done by lowering a foot from the gas which slows down the vehicle slightly while charging the battery.

Do not doubt. During the joint outing I drained the electric battery and charged it while driving. This ability to use electricity and petrol is impressive, and again – if you do not have to travel much during the week, you will probably enter the gas station just to be interested in the safety of the refueler.
Now ask, how is he traveling? Excellent, thanks for asking. We have already said, the designer who built the vehicle imagined the top, premium, German brands. There is a turbo gasoline engine with a volume of 1,500 cc that knows how to deliver 162 hp, and it is joined by an electric motor that knows how to issue 122 hp. The combined power sends 258 hp.

You may have forgotten the explanations before, but in an electric vehicle the power availability is very fast, and the Chinese Jeep reaches from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.9 seconds. The torque here is huge, 37.7 kg, but there is a possibility of maximum torque, Momentary, which can attach you to a seat with 48.9 kg. During the trip you will be introduced to a special ten-speed automatic transmission, six facing the gasoline engine and four more towards the electric motor. No shortage of power, speed and agility as well. The car suspensions usually managed with the hazards we encountered , Maybe in the city it was a little less impressive, but still bearable.

Another strength of the Chinese vehicle is in the safety department. Again, this is heavy shelling and an armament level that receives a high score of 7 and includes a variety of safety measures, including adaptive cruise control, lighting whose power changes according to road conditions and a 360-degree camera, which is a cool thing. Four surrounding cameras show the driver what can disturb him while parking, bypassing, including 3D imaging. In addition there is an interesting safety addition here, which is probably seen more and more in electric vehicles. Since the Jeep operates quietly when traveling on electricity, an artificial buzz was added so that passers-by on the street would perceive that the road was still not clear and a vehicle weighing 1,850 kg was advancing rapidly towards them.
As you can see, we ended the trip surprised and satisfied. The vehicle is a sign of what is about to happen in the not-too-distant future. The Chinese, once light years away from super-brands, are already touching the necks of motor rulers. More and more will come and offer interesting goods, at affordable prices. We will no longer encounter the effects of feelings of inferiority, but there is a chance that we will see buds of megalomania. We are here, and behind him the rest of the world is trailing. 

Spare wheels

Meet a new name – Genesis. The Korean super-brand, or if you will Hyundai’s luxury division, has landed in the country sending warning lights to all the old gabardia. It is a young, six-year-old brand that is currently active mainly in the United States, Canada and Australia. To compete with the super-brands, Genesis recruited the best designers and planners, among them Peter Schreier, who signed on for the Audi TT and the new Beetle, or Luke Dunkerwalk, who was the designer of Lamborghini and Bentley, and the master of ceremonies, Albert Birman, who was entrusted with the field of performance. On the performance division of BMW.

Genesis (Photo courtesy of the manufacturer)Genesis (Photo courtesy of the manufacturer)

Genesis will inaugurate the new hall in Herzliya with two main models. The executive car G80 and GV80, which is the brand’s first SUV, will arrive in a seven-seater version (pictured below). By special order you can order the luxurious flagship G90. Next will come the GV70 – a SUV designed for five passengers, the G70 – a sports sedan, and during the year an electric SUV will be launched that will offer a driving range of over 500 kilometers between charges. A few words about those who are already here: the G80, a luxurious executive car, comes 500 centimeters long and has a wheelbase of 301 centimeters. It has a four-cylinder engine, with a volume of 2,500 cc, a power of 304 hp and a torque of 43 kg.

The acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes place in 6 seconds. The price will start at NIS 385,000. The GV80, the new SUV, reaches a length of 494 cm, a wheelbase of 295 cm. It contains a turbo-diesel engine, six cylinders in volume. 3,000 cc that knows how to deliver 278 hp and an impressive torque of 60 kg. The vehicle accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.8 seconds, and its price starts at NIS 499,000. As we mentioned, there is the G90, the peak of luxury, which will now land only by special order. 5,000 cc engine, power of 425 cc. S., score 8 in the level of safety equipment. Price? NIS 690,000.

Talcar has announced that it is launching Kia Sid in five-door, five-door, manual transmission and automatic station wagon versions, both of which have new propulsion units aided by moderate hybrid technology. At the Seed Station Wagon, a 1,500 cc turbo gasoline engine will replace the 1,400 cc engine used so far, while in the hatchback version, a manual transmission, a 1,600 cc turbo diesel engine will arrive, serving an additional 21 cc. “(136 hp) compared to the outgoing engine. Despite the increase in power, pollutant emissions fell by 6%. The price of the hatchback was 123,000 shekels, while the station wagon 139,000 shekels.

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