MG ZS EV facelift revealed with new long-range battery

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New 50kWh and 72kWh battery options align with strong exterior redesign for new MG ZS.

MG has given the all-electric ZS EV a major facelift, with new styling inside and out, fresh technology and crucially, a new, larger battery pack that unlocks a significant increase in the car’s range.

An MG Australia spokesperson told Automotive Daily that Australian deliveries of the updated ZS EV are expected in the second half of 2022, while specifications and pricing will be revealed in due course.

Two versions of the updated ZS have been confirmed – a Standard Range model with a 51kWh battery and a Long Range model that has a new 72kWh cell placed under the floor. The new two-model line-up replaces the old ZS EV, which was only available with a 44.5kWh battery and capable of a range of 263km under WLTP testing.

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The new 51kWh Standard Range model will be capable of 319km under the same certification. The new 72kWh Long Range car sees the ZS step into territory occupied by electric compact SUVs that will wear much higher price tags, such as the new Hyundai Ioniq 5. The new battery gives the ZS a range of 440km on a full charge. European prices are the equivalent of $55,000 Australian (the Ioniq 5 by way of comparison starts at $71,900 before on-road costs)

The rapid charging standard for the ZS remains at 76kW, and MG claims that the Long Range model will take 42 minutes to recharge when connected to a CCS charger capable of that power flow or more. In Europe an 11kW three-phase charger will be included as standard, but the current Australian version comes 7kW single-phase compatibility for fast and wallbox charging.

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Design changes for the new-look ZS include a front end that’s more keeping with the model’s battery-electric drivetrain, and places distance between the electric version and its petrol powered siblings.

The conventional grille has been removed, and the front end is far more streamlined with a stamped pattern in its place. The charging flap is now visible on the car’s front end and no longer hidden beneath the grille. There’s a different design of LED headlights, along with alloy wheels a subtly redesigned rear bumper.

Changes inside include a new infotainment system. Called MG iSmart, the 10.1-inch screen runs new software with updated graphics, and it now offers smartphone connectivity with remote control of key functions such as charging status and climate control. MG has also equipped the ZS EV with fully digital instrumentation and a wireless smartphone charging pad.

The brand has also given the MG 5 electric wagon a facelift, introducing significant exterior design updates and a visually refreshed interior. The wagon is not currently offered in Australia.

Steve Fowler

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