Earlier this month, we informed you that MG Motor will launch its first product in India around May-June 2019. The upcoming MG car will be an SUV that will be based on one of its existing platforms. It will be tailor-made to suit Indian conditions. In the latest development, it has come to light that MG is also testing the Roewe E RX5 electric SUV in India.
Also, it has been reported that MG India has been testing the Roewe E RX5 to determine its range in the Indian climate and road conditions. The test mule that has been spotted is a Left-Hand-Drive (LHD) vehicle that seems to have been imported from China. Rajeev Chaba, President & MD, MG (India), has already confirmed that his company is indeed testing the Roewe E RX5 in western India to determine the vehicle’s range and performance in the Indian climatic and road conditions. He has also said that the testing will be done even in other parts of the country.
Powering the Roewe E RX5 is an electric motor that outputs 85 kW of maximum power and 255 Nm of peak torque. The electric motor gets its juice from a 48.3 kWh battery that enables the SUV to have a range of 320 kms as per the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). A range of 425 kms can be achieved by driving constantly at 60 km/h. It takes 7 hours to charge the battery completely. However, charging the battery to 80% of its capacity can be done in only 40 minutes using a fast charger. The all-electric SUV has a top speed of 135 kmph. MG’s roadmap for our country includes the launch of a handful of EVs. Hence, don’t be too surprised to see the company launching a rebadged version of the Roewe E RX5 in the next decade. MG’s first SUV for India will rival the Jeep Compass SUV. It will come with some segment-leading equipment.
Source – Mint