MG unveils its new electric cars

MG model range 2021
MG model range 2021

Today MG unveiled its new all-electric model range, comprised by the electric station wagon MG5, its flagship SUV Marvel R Electric and a renewed MG ZS EV.

 

Let’s see the press release.

 

All-new MG Marvel R Electric

Unveiled last March, the MG Marvel R Electric is the brand’s flagship SUV, fitted for European motorists who appreciate design, technology and performance. The largest and most luxurious SUV in MG’s portfolio offers a spacious interior with great attention to refinement, quality and technology. Particularly striking is the 19.4” central touchscreen to operate the all-new MG iSMART connectivity system with an extensive range of (online) functions and connection through a smartphone app, with which various functions can be controlled remotely.

Depending on the market, customers can choose from three trim levels (Comfort, Luxury and Performance) and two advanced powertrain variants (RWD and AWD). The Comfort and Luxury both have rear-wheel drive, two electric motors, a system output of 132 kW (180 ps), 410 Nm of torque, and a WLTP range of 402 kilometres. The Performance version adds an electric motor to the front axle, and offers permanent all-wheel drive. System output and peak torque are set at 212 kW (288 ps) and 665 Nm, combined with a range of 370 kilometres (WLTP).

All versions of the Marvel R Electric are equipped with a 70 kWh battery and 11 kW 3-phase on-board charger for quick AC-charging. The battery is also suitable for fast charging (DC) with a maximum of 92 kW, which allows the battery to be charged from 5-80% in just 43 minutes. Furthermore, the standard equipment of the Marvel R Electric includes a comprehensive range of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), a heat pump that can heat or cool the battery (and the interior) to ensure optimum charging performance in all circumstances and a so-called V2L (vehicle-to-load) system. This striking feature allows the battery to supply energy to an external electrical system, for example an air pump, electric scooter, a laptop or even another BEV.

The new MG Marvel R Electric will be available in the European MG Brand Stores from the end of this month. The European prices* start at € 39,990 for the Comfort version. For the additional cost of just € 4,000, the SUV is available in Luxury trim (€ 43,990). The most comprehensive and powerful version, the Performance, is available from € 47,990.

 

Renewed MG ZS EV: new design, more range and faster charging

Another newcomer from MG to be launched this month, is the renewed MG ZS EV. It’s the thoroughly updated version of MG’s first model in mainland Europe that immediately attracted attention as the first truly affordable all-electric SUV in the B-segment. It’s not without reason that the ZS EV already pleased more than 15,000 customers in its first year of sales, with which the model reached top positions in the UK, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and France.

Still, MG engineers saw room for improvement to offer customers a longer range and ease of use. The renewed MG ZS EV is characterized by a modernized design, improved performance, a significantly longer range and even more technology.

The ZS EV will be offered with a choice of two trim levels (Comfort and Luxury) and two battery variants. The 70 kWh Long Range battery will be available right from the market launch, offering a range of 440 km (WLTP) compared to 263 km for the current ZS EV. At a later stage, a 50,3 kWh Standard Range battery with 320 km (WLTP) range will be available as well. In addition to the increased battery capacity, the new MG ZS EV can also charge faster. The Long Range version is equipped with an 11 kW 3-phase on-board as standard.

Furthermore, like the Marvel R Electric, every MG ZS EV is featured with the newly developed MG iSMART connectivity system, which also offers a connection through a smartphone app, with which various functions can be controlled remotely.

The renewed MG ZS EV will arrive at the European MG Brand Stores by the end of this month. Prices* start at € 30,990 for the Standard Range battery. The ZS EV with Long Range battery is available from € 34,990.

 

New MG5 Electric: the world’s first all-electric station wagon

Current developments in the BEV-segment make it clear that many new electric models are being released in the more expensive premium class. Meanwhile, there is an increasing demand for modern, safe and practical electric cars that are especially accessible for the general public.

The new MG5 Electric is the perfect answer. It’s the world’s first all-electric station wagon with a spacious, practical and functional interior. With a generous 479 litres of luggage space that can be expanded to nearly 1,400 litres with the rear seats folded down, the MG5 Electric offers plenty of usability. Also, like the Marvel R Electric and ZS EV, the MG5 Electric will be offered with the MG iSMART connectivity system including the smartphone app as standard. The front wheels are driven by an electric motor which produces 115 kW (156 ps) and 260 Nm of torque. The MG5 Electric is initially offered with a 61,1 kWh battery and a range of 400 km (WLTP). At a later stage, a version with a 50,3 kWh battery will be offered as well, which provides a WLTP range of 320 km. Both battery versions of the all-electric station wagon will offer quick charging capability (AC) due to the 11 kW 3-phase on-board charger.

The MG5 Electric will arrive at the MG Brand Stores in the first quarter of 2022, with a choice of two trim levels (Comfort and Luxury) and prices* starting under € 30,000. More details about the MG5 Electric including all prices will be released in the run-up to the market launch.

* All prices quoted may vary slightly by country due to local taxes.

 

 

Let’s sum it up…

 

 

MG Marvel R Electric

MG Marvel R Electric

 

MG Marvel R Electric (RWD version)

  • Motor: 132 kW (180 ps) and 410 N.m of torque
  • Range: 402 km (WLTP)
  • Battery capacity: 70 kWh
  • On-board charger: 11 kW (3-phase)
  • Fast charging: 5-80 % in just 43 minutes (peak charge rate is 92 kW)
  • V2L (vehicle-to-load): yes
  • Arrival: end of this month
  • Starting price: 39.990 euros

 

MG Marvel R Electric (AWD version)

  • Motor: 212 kW (288 ps) and 665 N.m of torque
  • Range: 370 km (WLTP)
  • Battery capacity: 70 kWh
  • On-board charger: 11 kW (3-phase)
  • Fast charging: 5-80 % in just 43 minutes (peak charge rate is 92 kW)
  • V2L (vehicle-to-load): yes
  • Arrival: end of this month
  • Starting price: 47.990 euros

 

 

MG5 Electric

MG5 Electric

 

MG5 Electric (standard range version)

  • Motor: 115 kW (156 ps) and 260 N.m of torque
  • Range: 320 km (WLTP)
  • Battery capacity: 50,3 kWh
  • On-board charger: 11 kW (3-phase)
  • Arrival: first quarter of 2022
  • Starting price: under 30.000 euros

 

MG5 Electric (long range version)

  • Motor: 115 kW (156 ps) and 260 N.m of torque
  • Range: 400 km (WLTP)
  • Battery capacity: 61,1 kWh
  • On-board charger: 11 kW (3-phase)
  • Arrival: first quarter of 2022
  • Starting price: not yet available

 

 

Renewed MG ZS EV

Renewed MG ZS EV

 

Renewed MG ZS EV (standard range version)

  • Range: 320 km (WLTP)
  • Battery capacity: 50,3 kWh
  • On-board charger: 11 kW (3-phase) is optional
  • Fast charging: 30-80 % in 30 minutes
  • Arrival: end of this month
  • Starting price: 30.990 euros

 

Renewed MG ZS EV (long range version)

  • Range: 440 km (WLTP)
  • Battery capacity: 70 kWh
  • On-board charger: 11 kW (3-phase) is standard
  • Fast charging: 30-80 % in 30 minutes
  • Arrival: end of this month
  • Starting price: 34.990 euros

 

 

Summing up, the biggest surprise was the renewed MG ZS EV with faster charging, more range and better efficiency for a similar price. It also looks much nicer now without the fake grill of the previous model…

Notice that the new entry-level model got its battery capacity increased by 13 % (from 44,5 to 50,3 kWh), while its WLTP range increased by 22 % (from 263 to 320 km). Showing that the new model is much more efficient. I just think that its starting price should be lower, since the Renault ZOE offers better range and efficiency for a similar price – after dealer discounts.

As for the other two models, while I think that the Marvel R Electric looks amazing, its efficiency is very poor, just compare it with the Kia e-Niro for example… Regarding the MG5 Electric station wagon, it seems to be an unique and winning product in its segment, with decent price, range and efficiency – at least until better alternatives arrive from competitors.

 

Lastly, by introducing a new generation of electric cars still based on 400-volt powertrains in late 2021, I think that MG missed a big opportunity to establish itself as an advanced electric car brand and it’s now only catching up… At least, its flagship SUV Marvel R Electric should have arrived with a 800-volt system.

By next year, thanks to silicon and graphene based batteries combined with 800-volt systems, 3-6 C fast charging rates will start to become more common in electric cars. In a year or two, electric cars that take more than 20 minutes to charge 80 % of their batteries – at a fast charging station – will be considered old generation.

 

 

More info:

https://news.mgmotor.eu/press/new-details-mg-marvel-r-electric-renewed-mg-zs-ev-mg5-electric/

Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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luc
2 months ago

Based on this article https://pushevs.com/2020/04/04/comparison-of-different-ev-batteries-in-2020/ what is the Chemistry in above MG?

BTW, I do like this article https://pushevs.com/2020/04/04/comparison-of-different-ev-batteries-in-2020/. Do you plan to create the same updating for 2021 year, Pedro?

Joey.K
2 months ago

Thanks. Any V2L in MG ZS and MG5?

Frederico Matias
1 month ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Believe only mg marvel has some kind of v2l…

Maximilian Holland
2 months ago

Thanks Pedro – good to see MG now offering enough range to satisfy most Europeans.

Frederico Matias
2 months ago

Until now, MG is the only offering a “estate/wagon” product…in the horizon just the vw, but no dates yet (2023?)…. I think this is a market neglected/forgotten by major manufacturers which just offer D segment SUV’s…. all competing with each other…. this C segment station was until very few years the basis of sales in Europe (astra, Mégane, Golf, A3 sportback, CLA shooting break..)… I think MG is being very intelligent offering it as there is no indication others are going this way…

Would totally take the 61kwh version….

Frederico Matias
2 months ago

D SUV’s (that I can think of in just 2 seconds): MG Marvel, Ford Mach E, Hyundai ioniq5, Kia EV6, Tesla Y, VW ID4 line, Audi Q4 etron line, Skoda Enyak, Nissan Arya… This is not exactly a giant segment like the huge C Segment in Europe….

Bim
1 month ago

MG is bringing out some very interesting cars especially the estate wagon. Personally i dont understand why 90% of new EV’s are SUV, i have and always will prefer a medium-large sedan as it is enough for my needs and is much more efficient but at the moment you dont have many choices there.
I just hope the prices are kept down and that the Chinese brands come to EU sooner rather than later because we desperately need EV’s that don’t cost X2 or x3 times of an equivalent Fossilcar.

Apkungen
1 month ago

In Sweden the new ZS EV long range leases at 250 eur/month, no downpayment. That’s dirt cheap. The base model ZS and MG 5 base model will probably start at around 200 eur/month. And the Marvel leases at 350 eur/month which is about 100 eur cheaper than its competitors. These cars will sell like hot cakes for sure in Sweden.

Ragarding the efficiency of Marvel it shouldn’t be compared to an e-niro I think. As far as I have understood it is more similar in size to the ID4 for example. And compared to the ID4 the Marvel is still a little bit inefficient still but not that bad. And also, one should always be careful comparing wltp range. Some numbers are very optimistic, others are quite pessimistic. Looking at the Zoe for exampel with 380 km WLTP, in practice it goes about 220 km on highway at about 0 C. The Marvel RWD with 70 kWh battery will probably go about 300 km in the same conditions. We’ll see when Björn comes out with his tests.

Sandro Conti
1 month ago

Thank you Pedro Very Glad to see MG is now offering some EV range. I will go to see the new MG ZS as soon as it is available in the showroom. I wonder what the 7 years warranty covers.