MG Motor has just launched the 2021 ZS EV which is their electric SUV for the Indian market. The SUV now comes with some mechanical changes as well as a new feature addition. There are no cosmetic changes done to the car so it does look the same. MG Motor continues to offer two variants of the ZS EV. There is the Excite which is the entry-level variant and Exclusive which is the top-end variant. The Excite variant is priced at Rs. 20.99 lakhs ex-showroom whereas the Exclusive variant costs Rs. 24. 18 lakhs ex-showroom. MG ZS EV competes with the Hyundai Kona Electric. Let’s talk about the changes that MG Motor has done to the SUV.
New Battery Pack
MG is now offering a new and improved battery pack which should offer better charging speeds and range. The capacity of the battery pack is still the same at 44.5 kWh but the range has gone up significantly. The current range of the ZS EV was rated at 340 km whereas the new HT(Hi-Tech) battery has increased the range to 419 km. In real-world conditions, MG is confident that the electric SUV should deliver around 300 km to 400 km of range depending on certain factors like driving habits, weather and terrain etc. The battery pack continues to produce 143 PS of max power and peak torque output of 353 Nm. The 2021 MG ZS EV is capable of hitting a ton in just 8.5 seconds. The battery pack has been tested extensively in various terrains and environment according to MG Motor.
More ground clearance
The ground clearance of the MG ZS EV has gone up by 16 mm. It used to be 161 mm whereas the new one offers a ground clearance of 177 mm. This has been done because people complained that the front bumper of the electric SUV would scrape whenever the car would go over a speed breaker or a large pothole. High ground clearance was important because the Indian road conditions are not really good. So, this was a step in the right direction by MG Motor.
The 2021 ZS EV now runs on new tyres which are larger than before. The new ones are 215/55 R17 whereas the previous ones were 215/50 R17. This basically means that the tyre profile has been increased which means that there is a larger sidewall by the tyres. This should help in increasing the ground clearance as well as improve the ride quality of the electric SUV. Having a larger sidewall also reducing the chance of kerbing the wheel and also protect the alloy from breaking by absorbing the impact.
MG Motor also added an EcoTree challenge to the i-Smart EV 2.0 software of the ZS EV. This new feature basically gives customers real-time CO2 savings. The manufacturer still offers five years, unlimited kilometres warranty with the ZS EV. Whereas, the battery pack gets an 8 year/1,50,000 lakh km warranty. MG has now also launched the electric SUV in 31 cities across India. The added range should help in reducing people’s range anxiety and attract more people in the market towards electric SUVs.