The new MG ZS EV takes styling cues and features from the MG Astor, its petrol-powered sibling.
On March 7, 2022, MG Motor India will announce pricing for the heavily updated ZS EV SUV. The updated ZS EV gets a new look and more features, as well as a larger battery that extends the vehicle’s claimed range. Bookings for the new MG ZS EV are now open, and deliveries are expected to begin later this month.
- New MG ZS EV to get 51kWh battery
- Expect a larger touchscreen, ADAS and 360-degree camera
What’s New in The MG ZS EV Facelift?
The facelifted ZS EV was unveiled globally in October of last year, and the new SUV for India looks almost identical to the one sold elsewhere. For example, the Astor’s slimmer headlamps with new LED daytime running lamp signatures and LED tail-lamps are identical.
Several EV-specific design elements have been added to the ZS EV. The most noticeable of these is the replacement of the traditional grille with a new body-colored, blanked-off frontal section. While the charging port is still in this grille area, it is now neatly hidden on the side rather than behind the MG logo. The EV’s front and rear bumpers are also new, with sporty detailing. The 17-inch alloy wheels have a unique design as well.
Interior and Features of The MG ZS EV Facelift
On the inside, the new ZS EV gets a new faux carbon-fibre trim around the dashboard, but there aren’t as many cosmetic changes. The climate control buttons have also been updated to match those found in the Astor.
In terms of equipment, the new ZS EV has a lot more. It now features a new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which replaces the older 8.0-inch unit, as well as a new 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, which replaces the analogue dials. A 360-degree camera and ADAS functionality are also included. The ZS EV uses the same camera and radar setup as the Astor for its ADAS system.
Facelift for The MG ZS EV: Improved Powertrain
The most significant change to the ZS EV facelift is beneath the skin. The previous 44.5kWh battery pack has been replaced with a 51kWh unit, resulting in a longer driving range. The ZS EV will continue to be powered by a front-axle-mounted electric motor that produces 143 horsepower and 353 pound-feet of torque, so power and torque figures will remain unchanged from the previous model.
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Facelift for The MG ZS EV: Competitors
The new ZS EV will be more expensive than the Tata Nexon EV, though the latter will be updated with a larger battery in the near future, closing the range and performance gap. It will also compete with Hyundai’s upcoming Kona electric facelift.