2022 MG ZS EV launched with host of updates: Key highlights
MG Motor made its India debut in 2019 with the Hector but made its intentions of offering a battery-powered vehicle amply clear shortly after. The launch of the first-generation ZS EV was a bold move for a new company but one that may have also paid off.
How will the 2022 ZS EV then build on the initial successes achieved thus far?
Here are the key highlights from the launch of the 2022 ZS EV from MG Motor India:
2022 MG ZS EV launch event comes to an end
That is all from the launch event of the 2022 MG ZS EV. To sum up the highlights of the new model, it comes with a new front grille, 50.3 kWh battery with IP69 rating providing per-charge range of 461+ kms, 176 PS, 0 to 100 kmph in 8.5 seconds, 6 airbags, Lane-Keep Assist, and Digital Key.
Read full launch report here.
Digital Bluetooth key
One of the highlights of the new MG ZS EV is the digital Bluetooth key that lets owners drive the car without the need of the physical key in select cases. The digital key can be used to lock, unlock, start and drive the vehicle and it is activated via phone through Bluetooth technology.
Price of 2022 MG ZS EV revealed
2022 MG ZS EV has been launched at a starting price of ₹21.99 lakh for the Excite variant which will be available for customers starting July 2022. The Exclusive variant has been priced at ₹25.88 lakh and will be available for purchase starting today.
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Safety features on new MG ZS EV
Apart from standard safety features, new MG ZS EV will come with an advanced safety package including six airbags, lane change assist, blind spot detection, rear-cross traffic alert, 360-degree camera and electric parking brake with auto hold, among others.
Rear-seat comfort on 2022 MG ZS EV
MG Motor is highlighting the rear-seat comfort being offered in the new avatar of the ZS EV thanks to the rear-seat centre arm-rest with cupholders and centre head-rest. The model will also feature rear air-conditioning vents for additional comfort of rear passengers.
Saving the environment
In the last two years, MG ZS EV owners have saved approximately 70 lakh kgs of CO2, equivalent to planting 42,000 trees.
Developing an EV ecosystem
MG Motor India is looking to build a robust EV ecosystem to make it convenient for its EV customers to own and operate such battery-powered vehicles. Along with the new ZE EV, the automaker is also extending its customers a five-way charging ecosystem.
These include free-of-cost AC fast-charger at residences/offices, portable in-car charging cable, DC Superfast charging stations at dealerships, 24x7 charge-on-the-go facility in five cities and charging stations in satellite cities and tourist hubs.
2022 MG ZS EV will be a connected car
MG Motor India will offer the 2022 ZS EV with i-Smart technology that will offer over 75 connected features. The vehicle is claimed to be coming with Car-as-a-Platform (CaaP) subscription model.
Battery power on MG ZS EV
New MG ZS EV will come based on the global popular platform from UK, offering up to 622 kilometres of range. The model will be made available in two different battery packs - 51 kWh and 73 kWh. The EV will churn out 156 PS of power and 280 Nm of torque, and can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 8.5 seconds.
New MG ZS EV, new exterior design
The 2022 MG ZS EV will come with a significantly revised front fascia, featuring body-coloured closed panels. Other cosmetic updates include a revised bumper, sleek LED projector headlamps, integrated LED daytime running lights, black side body cladding, and updated rear bumper.
What colour options will be available on new MG ZS EV?
2022 MG ZS EV will be available in five colour options - Arctic White, Black Pearl, Battersea Blue, Monument Silver and Dynamic Red.
Cabin highlights of 2022 MG ZS EV
New MG ZS EV will come with a slightly revised instrument cluster and an updated touchscreen infotainment system as well. There will be a 10.1-inch colour touchscreen as standard. Wireless phone charging and adaptive cruise control are other feature that are a part of the cabin highlights of 2022 MG ZS EV, albeit in select trims only. Dimensionally, it remains the same as the current model.
The first-generation ZS EV created quite a lot of interest in the Indian car market. Not only was this a fully battery-powered car but one that had decent looks and very premium cabin as well. Being an MG, the ZS EV was also loaded with features.
Would you pay big bucks for an EV?
Much has changed since the first ZS EV made its India debut early 2020. The luxury car brands like Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar and BMW have unveiled their respective EVs here while the electric two wheeler category is continuing to witness a boisterous boom.
Experts, however, mostly agree that for the electric car segment to grow, there is a need for more products in the ₹10 lakh to ₹20 lakh bracket.
MG Motor India has plans of offering a second EV in the country, one that is more affordable than the ZS EV.
Charge of the EV brigade
Back in early 2020, ZS EV was launched to take on Hyundai's Kona. The options since then haven't exactly widened by much with Tata Motors having a sizable lead when it comes to battery-powered passenger cars. Its Nexon EV and Tigor EV are more affordable but then, the ZS EV has a premium trait to back itself with.