New MG Marvel R electric SUV promises heroic performance

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MG has revealed its new Marvel R electric SUV, which has rivals such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro squarely in its sights. It’s due on sale in the EU within a few months, but there are currently no plans to sell it in Australia.

The brand claims the Marvel R has a WLTP electric range of 400km, which is competitive, if not earth-shattering.

However, at 4,674mm long, 1,919mm wide and 1,618mm tall, the Marvel R is considerably bigger than the Kona, so should offer good practicality. The 2,800mm wheelbase is also a full 200mm longer than that of the Kona, so passenger space should be significantly better.

MG Marvel R 6The boot will offer 357 litres of space, which is nothing special, and 1,396 litres with the rear seats folded down.

There will be two versions of the Marvel R; one will have two electric motors on the rear axle, and the other will have a third electric motor on the front axle, making it four-wheel drive.

MG Marvel R 5The four-wheel-drive model’s three motors generate 215kW and 665Nm of torque, and can accelerate the Marvel R from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 201km/h.

If you use a fast charger, the Marvel R batteries can be topped up from empty to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes. It also features a V2L (vehicle-to-load) system, which allows the car’s batteries to power an external device, such as an air pump, or even to charge another electric vehicle.

MG Marvel RThe MG Marvel R is scheduled to go on sale in May in the Europe with prices set to be announced nearer the time.

James Brodie

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