New all-electric MG eZS revealed with 266-mile range
The British brand, which is owned by Chinese conglomerate SAIC, is calling the car eZS - and given the regular ZS’s positioning as a rival for the likes of the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke, the EV version could prove a competitor for the Hyundai Kona Electric.
The new model has a single electric motor driving the front wheels and producing 148bhp and 350Nm - enough to take the 4.3-metre-long crossover from 0-31mph in 3.1 seconds. MG hasn’t issued a battery size but it says the eZS can travel for 428km, or 266 miles, between charges. It also appears to have fast-charging capacity; MG claims that up to 80 per cent of charge can be replenished in 30 minutes.
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Inside, the eZS has a further evolution of MG’s cockpit layout and infotainment system, with a glossy central display and a digital screen between conventional dials in the instrument panel. The exterior looks relatively normal by EV standards, with what looks like a conventional front grille, although none of the official images issued by MG shows an obvious charging port and it could be accessed under the MG badge.
There are no immediate plans to sell the eZS in the UK although increasing demand for EVs means that it is likely to join the firm’s compact range in due course. The biggest obstacle to this could well be fulfilling demand in SAIC’s native China, where EV sales are booming.
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