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MG to release an EV in New Zealand in 2020

  • MG ZS EV arriving in mid-2020, with launch offer priced from NZD$49,990 plus ORC for the first 50 pre-sale models until December 2019
  • Boasts 371km City Range and rapid charge function
  • Backed by a 7-year/130,000km new vehicle and battery warranty

MG Motor today announced launch pricing for its first electric model for the New Zealand market – the MG ZS EV – priced from $49,990 plus on-road costs. Apparently, to encourage Kiwis to make the leap to an electric future, MG Motor is rewarding its first 50 customers this substantial incentive, available until December 2019.

To mark the occasion, MG Motor has opened its pre-order sales registration, available through its official dealer network, as well as online via mgmotor.co.nz/models/mg-zsev. First deliveries of the MG ZS EV will arrive into the New Zealand market from mid-2020.

Peter Ciao, MG Motor Australia and New Zealand CEO, said: “At SAIC Motor, we have a long history of making advancements in electrification technology and design. We are both humbled and excited to be undertaking the final phase of local testing for the MG ZS EV, working with important partners in the New Zealand market to bring this exciting model to our customers.”

“We anticipate the MG ZS EV will draw strong interest from our customers and to satisfy this demand we will see a dealer present in each key metro area by the time the EV launches in 2020. We are delighted to be offering another family friendly option, designed for our customers who want all the advantages of a zero emissions vehicle without compromising on practicality or style.”

Electrification 
MG ZS EV customers should get a driving range of up to 262 kilometres from a single charge on the WLTP combined cycle. Owners can make the most of the vehicle’s three driving modes, Eco, Normal and Sport, allowing the car to adapt to their everyday driving needs.

Powered by a 44.5kWh, water-cooled, lithium-ion battery, delivering 353Nm of instant torque and 105kW of power, the car is charged via CCS and Type 2 ports, mounted within the front grille. The MG ZS EV can be rapid charged to 80% in just 40 minutes from a 50kW rapid charging point, while owners can fully charge their vehicles in seven hours, utilising a standard 7kW charger unit.

Design
The MG ZS EV utilises the MG ZS’s framework, a compact SUV featuring a modern, personalised exterior and a stargazer panoramic sunroof.  Inside, the MG ZS EV features the MG ZS’ 8” colour touchscreen, integrated Apple CarPlay, six-speaker surround sound audio, and satellite navigation, making the MG ZS EV the brand’s most technologically advanced model in the market.

Infrastructure 
Anthony MacLean, Business Manager, MG Motor New Zealand, said: “Following five months of successful trading in the New Zealand market, we’ve seen strong momentum and interest in our brand and range locally, as we continue to build trust with customers. The exploration of new and cleaner energy is particularly important to Kiwis and it has been pleasing to see the level of interest and investment the market has made in electrification of its transport infrastructure.  New Zealand is an important market for MG Motor and we are delighted to offer our customers more choice and affordability with our new MG ZS EV.

Full specifications for the New Zealand MG ZS EV will be announced at launch in 2020.

PERFORMANCE & TRANSMISSION 
TransmissionAutomatic
Front SuspensionMacPherson Struts
Rear SuspensionTorsion Beam
Electric Motor TypeSynchronous Motor
Battery Capacity, kWh44.5
Maximum Power (kW)105
Maximum Torque (Nm)353
0-100kmph (seconds)8.5
Maximum speed (kmph)140
Charger Connection TypeType 2 plus CCS
Estimated 7kW Charge Time (full charge) / hours7
50kW CCS Charge Time (to 80%) / mins40
Driving Range: WLTP Combined Cycle (km)262
Driving Range: WLTP: City (km)371
Driving Efficiency: WLTP Combined km/kWh (kWh/100km)29.94
DIMENSIONS 
Overall Length4,314mm
Width exc. mirrors1,809mm
Overall Width inc. mirrors2,048mm
Height1,644mm
Wheelbase2,579mm
Front Track1,526mm
Rear Track1,539mm
Turning Circle11.2m
Luggage capacity (seats up)470Ltrs
Luggage capacity (seats folded)1,100Ltrs
WARRANTY & SERVICING 
Standard servicing interval1 year / 10,000 kilometres
Warranty (inc. battery)7 years / 130,000 kilometres
Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm also an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.

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