MG made its India debut a couple of months back with the Hector SUV. The manufacturer has received a good initial response with a waiting period of the Hector going up to 6 months. The next car from the British origin-Chinese owned brand MG in India will be the e-ZS electric SUV. The car will be manufactured at MG’s Halol plant in Gujarat making it the first made in India fully electric SUV. It is expected that the eZS will be launched by the first quarter of 2020 and since the car will be produced locally, prices will be relatively lower.
Internationally, the MG eZS get powered by a 110kW electric motor that translates into about 150 PS of maximum power. It generates a maximum of 350 Nm of peak torque. The car can do 0-50 km/h in 3.1 seconds and offers a range of 350 km. However, the powertrain details of the Indian-spec eZS are not known yet, though here it is likely to be powered by a 52.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This pack will allow the EV to have a range of up to 400 km range on a single full charge which translates into decent real-life practicality. The eZS will come with a DC fast charge option too which would charge up to 80 per cent of the battery capacity under an hour.
Internationally, the battery pack is already in use in various cars by SAIC and takes about 8 hours to charge completely with a regular charger. The interiors of the car will also be pretty modern and on the lines of the Hector. When finally launched in the coming months, the MG eZS will be in a range of its own as no other manufacturer currently has an electric SUV under Rs. 20 lakh price mark. The Hyundai Kona recently became the first fully electric SUV in India but being a CBU, the car has a price range between Rs. 22-25 lakh. Since MG Motors is targeting a localisation level of 75%, expect the pricing of the eZS to be quite competitive. With the government supporting the EV policy with strong intent, it is expected that the coming decade will see a major change in the automotive market of the country.
Apart from the eZS, MG has plans to launch a slew of other cars in the Indian markets in future. The manufacturer is currently looking at the SUV segment since it is showing the fastest growth rate in our automotive market. After the eZS, MG will launch the 7-seater version of the Hector that will then be followed by a full-size Toyota Fortuner challenger based on the X Motion concept. Also, MG could bring in a compact SUV to rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos among others.