Saar: The all-electric SUV will land in India via the CBU route and become MG Motor India’s second offering.
MG Motor India has announced that by December 2019, it will have a second product on sale in India. Tagged as the MG eZS, it is essentially an all-electric version of the ZS compact SUV which is on sale in several international markets. When it launches in India, it will simultaneously make an entry to other markets such as Germany, Australia, UK, Thailand and the Middle East.
To test waters, MG will begin the eZS’ innings in India via the CBU (completely built unit) route. The CKD (completely knocked down) stage will kick in if the company manages to get enough traction from the market. With FAME II now in effect (you can read about it here), MG Motor hopes that by the time it introduces the eZS EV (electric vehicle) in India, the government should have some attractive incentives in place to lower the cost of the vehicle. That, in turn, will encourage customers to at least contemplate the possibility of buying a zero-emissions car.
Here’s what Rajeev Chaba, who is the president & MD at MG Motor India, said in an official release:
With a modern design and advanced technology, the MG eZS will herald a new chapter in environment-friendly solutions in India. While the petrol version of the MG ZS had already become a popular choice globally, we are confident that its zero-emissions electric equivalent will bring accessible electric motoring to the customers in India upon its launch by the end of this year.
The MG eZS made its world premiere in November 2018, at the Guangzhou Automobile Exhibition. The unveiled model has a single electric motor in its powertrain, with a peak power output of 150PS and a maximum torque of 350Nm. The 45.6kWh battery pack gives the MG eZS a range of 335km (on NEDC driving cycle). Using a standard AC feed, the battery will take 6 hours to charge up completely. However, using a faster DC feed can get the batteries up to 80 per cent in 30 minutes.
Compared to the current electric vehicle offerings in India, the MG eZS sums up to be head and shoulders above. The electric SUV will also come with MG’s iSmart technology which will debut with the Hector in June this year. However, the MG eZS won’t be the only all-electric SUV which will make its entry into India this year. Hyundai India has been prepping the introduction of the Kona EV which, in all likelihood, will be on sale by the time the MG eZS gets a price tag for India.