HIGHLIGHTS

  • MG’s claims it’s their most technologically advanced EV yet and the 64kWh Essence version of the MG4 is priced starting from $54,990 (NZD) plus on-road costs, excluding Clean Car Rebate
  • European award-winning design and Five-star Euro NCAP score awarded to the entire current MG4 model range
  • 10.25-inch infotainment system and the first Modular Scalable Platform (MSP) available from MG Motor in Australia and New Zealand

Pre-sales of the 64kWh Essence model of MG’s newest EV model are now underway in New Zealand at $54,990 (NZD) plus on-road costs, excluding Clean Car Rebate.

The MG4 64kWh Essence model has 150kW of power, 50:50 weight distribution, a rear-wheel drive configuration and a low centre of gravity in synch with the battery design and placement. With an expected range of up to 435KM (based on WLTP) on a single charge, the MG4 64kWh Essence is paving the way for accessible electric driving, says MG.

As the first model to use the new Modular Scalable Platform (MSP), the MG4 EV sets a precedent for the next generation of all-electric MGs.

The Essence model also carries features including MG Pilot advanced driver assistance system, automatic LED headlights and rear lights, rear parking sensors, 18’’ alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, automatic climate control and MG iSmart app connectivity.

MG NZ says the MG4 EV line-up will offer exceptional storage, interior and boot space within its compact exterior dimensions thanks to a stretched wheelbase of 2,705mm. Rear boot capacity is also enhanced by world-class battery technology, which measures just 110mm in thickness.

The 64kWh battery is capable of charging up to 135kW, meaning a charge time of 60 minutes to 80% using a 50kW DC rapid charger.

The Essence model will also be equipped with MG Pilot system, with the inclusion of Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Additionally, a two-tone roof, twin aero rear spoiler, 360-degree camera, wireless phone charging and iSmart connectivity compatible with the app are all standard in the Essence.

The MG4 (64kWh Essence) can be ordered through MG’s extensive national dealer network from Tuesday, 11th April.

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