2021 MG ZS EV vs. 2019 MG ZS EV – Old vs. New

SAIC’s MG brand has given its small electric SUV, the ZS EV, a mid-life facelift. In a first, SUV will be available in Europe before it is available in China. The 2021 MG ZS EV has some significant changes over the old model which the company had launched in Europe in 2019.

Exterior

2021 MG ZS EV vs. 2019 MG ZS EV front for UK and Europe
The MG ZS EV has received energy-efficient LED headlamps with the facelift. Image Source: MG

The 2021 MG ZS EV emphasises its gen-II EV belonging strongly with a large enclosed grille featuring a unique pattern in place of an ICE vehicle’s radiator grille. The stamped effect grille does a far better job in making it recognisable as an EV over the outgoing ‘star-rider’ grille. Also new is a side-opening charging port, which has four-stage LED indicators to display the charging status.

The lower grille is taller, while the vertical side air inlets are noticeably smaller, almost invisible from a distance and certain angles. The bumper is cast in a new, edgier design. Unlike the 2021 model, the incoming ZS EV features LED headlamps which feature a new shape, one that makes them sleeker. However, their overall appearance is similar. The revised LED DRL design makes the new headlamps look sharper.

2021 MG ZS EV vs. 2019 MG ZS EV rear three quarter for UK and Europe
The 2021 MG ZS EV is a tad sportier at the rear, but most of the changes are at the front. Image Source: MG

The MG ZS EV has received new alloy wheels migrating from the windmill style design. The rear-end looks slightly more stylish thanks to the redesigned tail lamps and the new bumper. The tail lamps feature sportier and more sophisticated graphics. The new bumper has a two-part look matching that of the new front bumper and the air outlets (non-functional) with a fin splitting them and a gloss black finish.

Interior

The 2021 MG ZS EV features noteworthy revisions on the inside. The overall design and layout may look the same, but there are welcome changes. Firstly, there’s a fully digital instrument cluster in place of the departing model’s semi-digital unit. Also new is a tablet-style ‘iSmart’ touchscreen infotainment system with a larger footprint – 10.1-inches – and new graphics. Like the old 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, it doesn’t offer wireless Apple CarPlay or wireless Android Auto.

2021 MG ZS EV vs. 2019 MG ZS EV interior dashboard for UK and Europe
Fully digital instrument cluster and wireless phone charging have made it to the MG ZS EV with the mid-cycle refresh. Image Source: MG

Most of the functions are controllable through the infotainment system. There’s a new, slim climate control panel, without rotary dials, clearing up the centre console. Lastly, MG has introduced wireless phone charging in the ZS EV with the latest update.

Specifications

2021 MG ZS EV vs. 2019 MG ZS EV side profile for UK and Europe
The 2021 MG ZS EV has a maximum WLTP range of 440 km (273 miles). Image Source: MG

MG has brought big technical changes to the ZS EV with the update. While the 2021 ZS EV had a 44.5 kWh battery pack delivering a range of 263 km (163 miles)* as standard, the 2021 ZS EV will be available with 50.3 kWh and 70 kWh battery pack options. The 50.3 kWh battery pack offers a range of 320 km (199 miles)*, while the 70 kWh battery pack allows travelling 440 km (273 miles) on a full charge.

*On the WLTP cycle

The outgoing ZS EV had a single motor generating 105 kW and 260 Nm of torque for the front wheels. The 2021 MG ZS EV is also an FWD-only model, but employs a more powerful and torquier motor. The Standard Range variant uses a 130 kW/280 Nm motor, while the Long Range variant settles for a 115 kW/280 Nm motor. As a result, the top speed has improved significantly.

Aspect\SpecificationOld ZS EVNew ZS EV Standard RangeNew ZS EV Long Range
Battery Capacity44.5 kWh50 kWh70 kWh
Drivetrain LayoutFWDFWDFWD
Motor Power105 kW (143 PS)130 kW (177 PS)115 kW (156 PS)
Motor Torque260 Nm (353 lb.-ft.)280 Nm (207 lb.-ft.)280 Nm
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration Time8.5 seconds8.6 seconds8.6 seconds
Top Speed140 km/h (87 mph)175 km/h (109 mph)175 km/h (109 mph)
WLTP Energy Consumption (Combined)18.6 kWh/100 km (3.3 miles/kWh)173 Wh/km178 Wh/km
WLTP Range (Combined)263 km (163 miles)320 km (199 miles)440 km (273 miles)
On-board Charger6.6 kW 1-phase6.6 kW 1-phase11 kW 3-phase
Max. DC fast-charging rate76 kWTo Be Announced76 kW
MG ZS EV specifications (Source: MG)

The Long Range (70 kWh) variant packs an 11 kW three-phase on-board charger as standard, a charging feature that wasn’t available earlier. The company says that charging the 70 kWh battery pack from 0 to 100% SoC takes 10½ hours if charging with a 7 kW charger. 76 kW is the maximum supported DC fast-charging power.

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New MG ZS EV Price & Release Date

MG modernized the design, improved the specifications, and most importantly the MG ZS EV is equipped with a new and much larger battery that offers an electric range up to 440 km. So worry free electric driving is a guarantee for a fair price.

Mike Belinfante, Senior Manager PR of MG Motor Europe

The 2021 MG ZS EV has started arriving at European dealerships, including those in Norway. In some markets, it will be available in only the Long Range variant at launch.

2021 MG ZS EV ConfigurationNorway PriceSweden PriceGermany Price
ZS EV Standard Range ComfortNANAEUR 30,420
ZS EV Standard Range LuxuryNANAEUR 32,420
ZS EV Long Range ComfortNOK 299,890SEK 389,990EUR 34,420
ZS EV Long Range LuxuryNOK 329,890SEK 419,990EUR 36,420
2021 MG ZS EV prices in main European markets

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