MG Motor, which will launch its first car in India in 2019, is considering the ZS electric SUV for India. The company has always maintained that it’s open to manufacturing “new energy vehicles” in India. Moreover, the carmaker has been testing the Roewe ERX5 and the Baojun E100 electric cars on Indian roads. Both these vehicles are China-spec electric vehicles (EVs) that are made by SAIC Motor Corp, the owner of MG Motor.
The latest revelation comes from Rajeev Chaba, President and Managing Director, MG Motor India. Rajeev has revealed to select media outlets that his company is considering the launch of the ZS electric SUV in the country. The electric ZS is called the ZSe and is yet to be launched. It’s expected to make its UK debut later this year. In all probability, the ZSe will share its electric powertrain with the Roewe ERX5 electric SUV. For the uninitiated, the ERX5, is a mid-size electric SUV that offers 115 PS of maximum power along with 255 Nm of peak torque. It gets its juice from a 48.3kWh lithium-ion battery. The SUV is said to have a maximum range of 425 KMs. The manufacturer also claims that 80% of charging can be done in just 40 minutes.
In India, the ZSe will likely cost Rs. 25 lakh. The competitive pricing will be a result of the local production. The ZSe is also expected to have a plug-in hybrid variant for the UK market. On its India launch, the ZSe will become the flagship product from the company. It may be noted here that MG Motor India plans to launch an SUV that will take on the Jeep Compass, next year. The first MG SUV for India is expected to cost roughly Rs. 15 lakh. It will go on sale in both petrol and diesel engines. Even here, the local production will help the company price its upcoming SUV very competitively.