MG’s new entry-level EV has been approved for sale in Australia.
Government approval documents are viewed by CarExpert disclosure MG 4 was initially approved for sale with only 51kWh battery and rear mount 125kW electric motor.
This powertrain gives the MG 4 a 350km within the range of the WLTP test cycle and it can be charged at up to 150kW on a DC charger.
The MG 4 will arrive in Australia in the first half of 2023.
CarExpert However, understand the MG 4 lineup will not only include this entry-level powertrain.
Flawed in the approval documents were two other powertrains that were revealed: a 64kWh battery / 150kW . electronic motor paired with 450km in the range, has been produced in the right hand drive and an optional dual-motor four-wheel drive revealed in China that MG’s UK subsidiary says it will also be produced in RHD form.
Later use the same 64kWh battery but production 330kW power, 600Nm torque and provides a 460km of the range – although cyclically CLTC checks are more lenient.
Ceiling weight and total vehicle mass are listed as 1635kg and 2583kg respectively in the approval documents, while the electric hatch is rated to tow only 500kg overall.
Only 17-inch alloy wheels are listed in the documents.
The MG 4 measures 4287mm long, 1836mm wide and 1504mm tall on a 2705mm wheelbase.
That makes it 53mm shorter but 41mm wider and 49mm taller than Hyundai i30 hatchback, and it has a 55mm longer wheelbase.
It could become MG’s most affordable EV – and Australia’s cheapest EV – if UK pricing is a guide.
There, the MG 4 cuts the base MG ZS EV in the UK it’s £3500, which equates to about $A6000. This same electric SUV launched in Australia for $44,990 to drive, suggesting a price around $40,000 here would be what to expect.
Said MG ZS EV is currently the second cheapest EV on sale, with the most affordable being BYD Atto 3 starting at $44,381 before on the road or $44,990 while driving.
The ZS EV makes 130kW and 280Nm and has a range of 320km, which means it’s a bit more powerful but has slightly less range than the base MG 4.
Unlike MG’s small SUV, the MG 4 uses a dedicated electric vehicle architecture and is rear- or all-wheel drive, not front-wheel drive.
It also outperforms the ZS EV in charging capacity, with the crossover only being able to charge at up to 50kW on DC power.
The MG 4 EV is touted as one of the first Chinese-branded cars created for sale worldwide since its inception. MG’s sales target for “Global Vehicles” is 150,000 vehicles in the first year.
Standard features include a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, four levels of brake energy regeneration, and the ability to handle software updates. over the network.
All UK models come with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, along with adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. High-end models also have blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Chinese version of the dual-engine Triumph (above) gets torque vectoring, orange “high performance” brake calipers, 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels wrapped in 235/45 Bridgestone tyres. R18 and the front sports seats are electrically adjustable. with Alcantara upholstery to match the steering wheel.
THAN: Everything MG 4