MG has been putting out rather solid products lately. There's the MG6 liftback which we rather liked, and the ZS, which seems to be selling well. Now, they're joining in the electric vehicle race. Not only that, their first ever EV is a crossover.
What MG has done is take the popular ZS, chuck out its engine, put in a sizable battery, and stuck in an electric motor. The result is the ZS EV. That said, it doesn't look much different from the standard ZS. The only giveaway is the lack of a fuel filler flap and a unique set of alloy wheels. Also, there is one exclusive color for the ZS EV which they call Pimlico Blue.
So while the ZS EV doesn't wear its green credentials on its sleeve, all the important bits are under the skin. Pop the hood and you'll see a 44.5 kWh battery which is then paired to synchronous motor. The motor then powers the front wheels. Like the gas-powered version, the ZS EV is two-wheel drive only. Also, MG says that the ZS EV can be charged to 80 percent from zero in just 40 minutes, provided that a 50 kWh charger is used. A full charge via a standard 7 kWh charger will take 7 hours.
Facts and figures? It puts out 105 kw, which translates to about 143 PS. As it is electric, it has an impressive torque figure, which is rated at 343 Nm. While it's no Tesla, acceleration times according to MG are respectable, with a 0 to 100 km/h figure of 8.5 seconds. Top speed on the other hand is limited to 140 km/h. As for range, MG claims the ZS EV can go up to 372 kilometers on a single charge.
With MG now in the Philippines, what are the odds of this plug-in ZS coming to the country? Right now, there is no word if it will be introduced here, but with some automakers expressing interest in selling EVs in the country, it might be a good move if MG would bring it in.