New MG ZS EV electric SUV with 273-mile range unveiled

The refreshed version of the MG’s electric SUV will arrive in showrooms in November 2021, with UK prices to be announced closer to launch

This is the new MG ZS EV: the latest version of the brand’s electric SUV, and a rival to the likes of the Peugeot e-2008 and Hyundai Kona Electric. The updated version can cover up to 273 miles on a charge, compared to the current model’s 163-mile range.

The significant increase in range is thanks to a much larger battery; while the current model features a 44.5kWh unit, the Long Range version of the refreshed ZS EV gets a sizable 72kWh battery. A shorter-range model, featuring a smaller 51kWh battery capable of 198 miles on a charge, will follow in 2022.

The larger battery means charging time has increased: it'll take 10-and-a-half hours to recharge the 72kWh model from a standard 7.4kW home wallbox. Alternatively, the ZS can recharge at up to 76kW from a public rapid-charging point: topping up will take as little as 42 minutes using this method.

As well as the new battery options, the ZS EV has received a significant styling update, with the addition of a blanked-out grille for improved aerodynamics, housing the charging port and flanked by LED headlights. Meanwhile, the refreshed electric SUV features a new set of wheels and a redesigned rear bumper.

Inside, there’s a new 10.1-inch central touchscreen running the latest version of MG’s iSMART infotainment system, with a new digital driver’s display behind the steering wheel. MG will also launch a smartphone app that will let you control some of the ZS EV’s functions remotely, including the climate control and charging.

The new ZS EV will be offered in two trim levels: SE and Trophy. However, MG has yet to disclose any details about the difference in equipment between the two, other than the fact that only Trophy will come as standard with wireless phone charging.

Prices for the new MG ZS EV are set to be announced in November 2021, around the same time the electric SUV will begin to appear in showrooms. Based on prices announced for the same model in European markets, we expect the Long Range version will start from around £30,000 so customers can continue to benefit from the government’s plug-in car grant, while models fitted with the smaller 51kWh battery are likely to be priced closer to £26,000 or £27,000. If so, the ZS EV will retain its status as one of the cheapest electric cars on sale.

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