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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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\Specification||Old ZS EV||New ZS EV Standard Range||New ZS EV Long Range|
|Battery Capacity||44.5 kWh||50 kWh||70 kWh|
|Motor Power||105 kW (143 PS)||130 kW (177 PS)||115 kW (156 PS)|
|Motor Torque||260 Nm (353 lb.-ft.)||280 Nm (207 lb.-ft.)||280 Nm|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration Time||8.5 seconds||8.6 seconds||8.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||140 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/km||178 Wh/km|
|WLTP Range (Combined)||263 km (163 miles)||320 km (199 miles)||440 km (273 miles)|
|On-board Charger||6.6 kW 1-phase||6.6 kW 1-phase||11 kW 3-phase|
|Max. DC fast-charging rate||76 kW||To Be Announced||76 kW|
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 Configuration||Norway Price||Sweden Price||Germany Price|
|ZS EV Standard Range Comfort||NA||NA||EUR 30,420|
|ZS EV Standard Range Luxury||NA||NA||EUR 32,420|
|ZS EV Long Range Comfort||NOK 299,890||SEK 389,990||EUR 34,420|
|ZS EV Long Range Luxury||NOK 329,890||SEK 419,990||EUR 36,420|
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