The MG eZS – an electric version of MG’s small SUV – will go on sale in the UK in the autumn after its debut in China last year.
When ‘Budget’ car makers start to enter a relatively new sector, it’s a pretty good indication that what was once an early adopter specialist arena is heading very much in to the mainstream.
So the confirmation that MG will launch an electric version of their ZS SUV in the UK this autumn – the MG eZS – tells us the move towards electric cars is gaining real momentum, although don’t expect the eZS to get close to the £12.5k starting price of the petrol ZS in the UK.
Already launched in China last year, the eZS isn’t expected to change much from the Chinese car, which means a very mainstream-looking compact SUV, just one that happens to be powered by batteries.
The Chinese eZS comes with an electric motor – good for 148bhp – driving the front axle and a range – on the new WLTP testing – of around 200 miles, and a rapid charge ability allowing an 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes.
Daniel Gregorious, MG’s UK marketing boss, said:
With the launch of our MG ZS electric SUV we’re delighted to be entering the electric car market at such an exciting time. With all the practicality and versatility of a compact SUV, a full-sized boot and room for five, ZS means electric without compromise. With MG’s trademark value-for-money approach, we’re confident that we can help more and more new car buyers to go electric.
Official details of exactly what the UK version of the electric MG ZS will deliver will no doubt arrive before its autumn launch.