The MG ZS EV has been the talk of the town ever since the company announced launch plans. MG Motors, which is a one-car company so far, has been going great guns in our market. The company recently gave the media a preview of the vehicle. The MG ZS EV will be launched in India in the coming months and is likely to be priced at Rs 20 lakh, ex-showroom. MG says that the vehicle will be assembled here and in the future, manufactured too. Now, news has trickled in that the ZS EV has got a five star Euro NCAP crash safety rating. What’s more, this is the same car that is coming to the Indian market as well. It should be kept in mind that the MG ZS EV that was crash tested was the base model.
What made the MG ZS EV tick in the Euro NCAP crash tests?
The ZS EV aced the tests in the adult occupant, child occupant, vulnerable road user and safety assist. The ZS EV for the Indian market will come with six airbags, ABS with EBD, lane watch assist and more features. There will be only one trim available. MG says that the ZS is their first pure electric internet SUV. The 44.5kWh, liquid-cooled NMC battery, gives the car a range of 340 kilometres on a full charge. This battery pack promises 143PS of power and 353Nm of instant torque, MG claims that the electric vehicle can do 0-100kmph in a fast 8.5 seconds. Expect a top speed of less than 160kmph.
Not only this, the electric vehicle will also come with an on-board cable to charge at any 15amp socket. An optional fast charger will be provided too. Few dealerships will also have a 50kW DC fast charger and these can provide the vehicle with 80 per cent range in less than an hour. MG offers an “eShield”, with free-of-charge 5-year manufacturer warranty for unlimited kilometres on the car. There is also an eight years /150k km warranty on battery. This also includes round-the-clock roadside assistance (RSA) for a period of five years. However it is restricted to private registered cars. MG claims that the running cost is approx Rs 1/km.