New Zealand’s cheapest EV gets a new look, better batteries


The refreshed MG ZS EV has been revealed.

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The refreshed MG ZS EV has been revealed.

MG has updated the ZS EV, with styling taken from its ICE ZST sibling.

The updated electric SUV has a smoothed-out grille, holding an offset charge port hidden by a sliding panel. Like the ZST, the headlights of the ZS EV are now angular, using LEDs rather than halogen bulbs. The rear lights are LEDs as well.

Inside will be an updated infotainment screen, larger at 10.1 inches and now named ‘iSmart’, funnily enough.

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Under the skin will be two new battery options. The first is a new 72kWh battery, rated for 440km of range, while the second is a smaller 51kWh battery with 320km of range. Both handily beat the current 44.5kWh battery with its roughly 230km of range. They charge faster too, able to take advantage of 100kW chargers.

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Local deliveries are expected in New Zealand in the second half of 2022, while specs and pricing will be revealed closer to the time. We’d expect both batteries to make an appearance here, with the smaller helping MG retain its value proposition.

The charge port is now off-centre, rather than hidden beneath the MG logo.

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The charge port is now off-centre, rather than hidden beneath the MG logo.

Meanwhile, MG also revealed its new flagship SUV, the Marvel-R. At the moment, it doesn’t look like this will make it to New Zealand, but we hope it eventually gets here because it looks awesome.

The Marvel-R slots in a size above the ZS EV, and will come in two versions. The first is dual-motor rear-wheel drive model, offering 132kW/409Nm and a 0-100kmh time of 7.9 seconds.

Stepping up to the Performance version adds another motor to the front axle, which boosts output to 212kW/664Nm and reduces the motorway sprint time to 4.9 seconds.

Meanwhile, how about this for a flagship? Meet the Marvel-R.

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Meanwhile, how about this for a flagship? Meet the Marvel-R.

Every Marvel-R gets a 70kWh battery as standard, with between 370km and 402km of range.

It can charge at rates of up to 92kW, letting it go from 30 to 80 per cent capacity in half an hour or from five to 80 per cent in 43 minutes.

Other neat features include vehicle-to-load charging, a 19.4-inch touchscreen (larger than your laptop display) and a bunch of safety aides.



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