MG Motor Unveils a Facelift Variant of the ZS EV
ByFaisal Chughtai | Published date:
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Morris Garages (MG) Motor has released official information on the ZS EV makeover for the European market. According to reports, the subcompact crossover electric SUV will continue to be built on the same platform as the non-facelifted ZS EV model.
The basic form of the new ZS EV, which had a 45 kWh battery pack, has been discontinued. The 'Standard' model of the facelifted version now has a 50.3 kWh battery pack, providing an electric range of 320 kilometers. The 'Long Range' model includes a 70 kWh battery pack with a range of 440 kilometers.
The Standard model features a 6.6 kW onboard charger, while the Long Range model has an 11 kW onboard charger. Both types will be capable of charging at a rate of 92 kW, allowing the batteries to charge from 30 to 80 percent in around 30 minutes. Both models are powered by a single electric motor that solely powers the front wheels. The Standard model produces 154 horsepower (hp) and 280 Newton-meters (Nm), while the Long Range variant produces 174 hp and 280 Nm.
The car retains the same safety, comfort, and driver-assist technologies as the previous generation, with a new infotainment user interface and the same general interior style. The front of the ZS EV has been slightly changed, with new headlights, grille design, and bumper design. The new ZS EV is slated to arrive in Europe by the end of November. Initially, MG will only offer the Long Range edition of the ZS EV in Europe, with a starting price of around 38,000 Euros.
ZS EV In Pakistan
MG JW SEZ introduced the ZS EV in Pakistan earlier this year. The company organized a series of events for the general public and celebrities to examine the vehicle and take it for a test drive. Although the event produced a lot of excitement for the ZS EV, it was unable to capture the market and its petrol-powered rivals, which is said to be due to its limited viability.
For starters, it boasts a 44.5 kWh battery pack that is suitable for city travel. However, given Pakistan's inadequate charging infrastructure and a projected range of between 155 and 320 kilometers, it would not be a viable vehicle for extended excursions. Furthermore, the car costs Rs. 6.25 million, which is an exorbitant sum for a subcompact crossover SUV. Given these factors, the ZS EV will only appeal to a tiny segment of vehicle customers.