To add to the increasing EV fever across the globe, the British automotive marque MG’s sibling brand Baojun recently shared a glimpse of its forthcoming electric micro SUV in China. Now it becomes a point to ponder that if its been showcased in China what’s in it for us? The answer is as Baojun and MG are both owned by the Chinese auto giant SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile, so it is believed that MG Motor India could also launch this vehicle under its own brand in the country.
The all-electric micro SUV concept which has been showcased in China is the latest automobile shown by the Chinese automaker and it seems to be inspired by a few different popular SUVs. Taking a closer look at the pictures keen automotive enthusiasts can spot that it draws inspiration from the Suzuki Jimny, Ford Bronco and a little bit from Toyota’s legendary FJ cruiser. It boasts a very modern and futuristic exterior design.
We can note the use of dual-tone exterior colouring on the SUV along with four strips of LED Daytime Running Lamps which most likely will also be the headlamps. Moving further a set of practical yet beautiful-looking alloy wheels along with a little rugged bodywork add to the SUVs character. On the front two towing hooks finished in the body can be noted as well. Another thing to be noted is that it will only have two doors thus keeping its cost down.
Moving on, according to reports, the shown electric micro SUV is built on the Baojun Kiwi city EV’s platform, which is shared with the India-bound MG small EV. Speculations are MG will be taking the covers off of this new budget at the 2023 Auto Expo in January. The MG EV, however, will have two electric motors instead of one. It is also rumoured that the front motor will be producing up to 60 horsepower and the rear motor will be generating roughly 54 horsepower, the combined power output is anticipated to be in the vicinity of 100 horsepower.
In other MG Motor India’s small EV news, earlier in June of this year, the new EV was spotted on Indian roads for the very first time. It has been codenamed E230 and will be based on Wuling Air EV. Wuling is also a sister brand of MG and they unveiled the Air EV in Indonesia recently. MG will make some India-specific changes to the Air EV before launching it in the market. Moreover, they will also change the name and the EV will wear an MG badge. It is expected that the MG E230 will be priced at around Rs. 10 lakhs.
India-specific improvements in the new EV may include a more powerful air conditioning system capable of dealing with our country’s sweltering summers. To handle our climatic circumstances, the battery management system would also need to be adjusted. A spare tyre appears to be put on the boot, something we have not seen on the worldwide model. The Air EV is available in Indonesia with 12-inch steel wheels. In India, though, we could obtain styled wheels or even alloy wheels.