The British motoring brand MG owned by the Chinese auto giant SAIC Motor has unveiled its internationally acclaimed all-electric hatchback the MG4 at the 2023 Auto Expo. The company took the sheets off the EV hatchback along with its subcompact Plug-in Hybrid eHS at its booth at the event. The MG4 competes in the C-segment in European markets and comes available in three iterations – Standard, Comfort, and Luxury. Both of these innovative models have been showcased at the show as the brand’s commitment towards the future of green mobility in the country.
The MG4 would be the company’s second mass-market electric vehicle if it were to be introduced in India. The SAIC Motor Design Center in Shanghai, in collaboration with the Advanced Design Studio in London and the Royal College of Art, which is also based in the British capital, developed the EV hatchback’s dynamic design as a worldwide vehicle. The MG4 EV hatch measures in at 1,504 mm in height, 1,836 mm in width, and 4,287 mm in length. Additionally, it has a 2,705 mm wheelbase, which gives it pleasing proportions and a large cabin. The capacity of the luggage compartment has been reported to be around 350 to 1,165 liters. Depending on the model version, the drag coefficient is between cW 0.27 and 0.287.
Starting from the front the MG4 EV comes equipped with a set of striking headlamps and tilted upright indicators along with six vertical LED fiber optic stripes that are placed in an ascending order. Three units for fog lamps and low beams are combined with LED turning lights. The hatchback also gets an aggressive front fascia with a sharp nose and extended front splitter in black. The lower part of the bumper also houses vertical slats. Furthermore, there are two wide openings at the front which are accentuated by black highlights. The MG4 also gets a two-tone roof. Internationally the MG4 Electric comes available 7 body colors: Pebble Black, Dover White, Medal Silver, Andes Grey, Diamond Red, Brighton Blue and Fizzy Orange.
On the sides it gets strong shoulder line that extends from front to all the way to the rear. Apart from the this sides are pretty tamed and just come with some black cladding on the lower portions of the door. The MG4 gets a set of 17-inch alloy wheels which the company dubs as the “Tomahawk design”. Moving on the rear of the vehicle we can note an equally complex set of LED taillights. The rear light strip stretching across the entire width of the vehicle is comprised of a total of 172 LEDs. The rear bumper also boasts an aggressive design with the addition of a dual diffuser setup and a red fog lamp in the middle.
On the inside the MG4 hatchback gets a minimalistic interior layout and design. The luxury variant of the EV gets a floating centre console design expanding the available space and incorporating practical features like smartphone storage and wireless charging. It also gets a dual-spoke adjustable steering wheel leather upholstery heated front seats along with six-way adjustable motorized driver seat. Additionally it also comes equipped with a 360 degree camera, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, a floating 10.25-inch infotainment screen with iSMART connectivity system, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto and automatic air conditioning.
The electric hatchback in terms of saftey tech and features comes equipped with ADAS technology, which includes features like traffic jam assistance, lane departure warning, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane keeping assistance. Along with these features, the car gets an Intelligent Headlamp Control system and a Speed Assist System (SAS) with traffic sign recognition. The electric hatchback also has unsteady driving warnings, lane change assistance, rear cross-traffic alert, door opening warning, and blind spot monitoring.
Internationally the MG4 EV hatchback comes available with the choices between two battery packs – 51kWh and 64kWh, which generate 170bhp and 203bhp of power, respectively. Both models produce a maximum torque of 250Nm and are RWD single-motor systems. The 51kWh and 64kWh batteries can be completely charged in 7.5 hours and 9 hours, respectively, using a 7kW AC fast charger. A 150kW DC charger can charge the batteries from 10 to 80 percent in 35 and 39 minutes, respectively. Additionally, the Standard variant with a battery capacity of 51 kWh, gets a 350 km range in the WLTP cycle, meanwhile, the Comfort and Luxury variants each boast a 64 kWh battery and offer a range of up to 450 km.
As of yet it has not been confirmed by the brand if the MG4 electric hatchback will be having an official launch in the country or not. However the MG did say that they are currently analyzing the market and if they notice a decent amount of buyer interest then they would plan on to bring the vehicle to the Indian subcontinent.