MG Motor has just unveiled its second product for the Indian market in the form of the eZS electric SUV. The eZS will be the second electric SUV in India after the Hyundai Kona, which was launched earlier this year. The MG eZS electric SUV is expected to be priced between Rs. 20-22 lakhs, which will make it a lot cheaper than the Hyundai Kona – its only competitor currently. The compact SUV is powered by an electric motor that runs on lithium ion batteries, which give it a range of 345 kilometers on a full charge. Compared to the Kona, the eZS has a much lower battery range. The electric motor makes 140 Bhp of peak power and generates 353 Nm of peak torque right from standstill.
A CVT automatic gearbox transmits torque to the front wheels of the SUV, making it a smooth and effortless drive for both city streets and highway driving. The eZS can hit 0-100 Kph in just 8.5 seconds, which makes it faster than the Hyundai Kona, which does the same run in about 9.5 seconds. Bookings for the eZS are will open shortly at all MG Motor dealerships across India, and deliveries will begin from January 2020, after the official launch.
The battery stack is water cooled and sits in the floor of the eZS. It can be charged to 80 % of its capacity in just 40 minutes by using a fast charger. The regular charger will take about 7 hours to charge the battery stack to 100 % from empty. There are five different ways through which the eZS can be charged: charge on the go (brake energy regeneration), fast charging at MG dealerships, home/office charger, extended charging network and using on-board charging cable.
The MG eZS will get on-board internet connectivity, similar to what’s on offer with the Hector. The on-board internet access will allow the occupants of the eZS to access a range of apps through the car’s infotainment system, and the driver can also control various aspects of the vehicle remotely. The compact electric SUV has premium levels of fit and finish, and the production versions are likely to match or better the Hyundai Kona in terms of interior quality and features on offer. A standout feature of the SUV is its panoramic sunroof, which is spread over nearly 90 % of the SUV’s roof. The eZS will be assembled at MG Motor’s Halol factory in Gujarat through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route.