MG Motors to launch eZS electric SUV in India by end-2019

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MG Motors has made an announcement about the its all-new electric SUV that was initially planned for a 2020 launch. The car manufacturer has mentioned that the eZS (that's the official name for the electric SUV) will be introduced by the end of this year.

The MG eZS will be brought to the country through the CBU route wherein 250 units will be imported from Shanghai in line with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways notification.

MG claims that the eZS will be a global offering and will have a driving range of 350km in one single charge



While MG Motors has still not revealed details of the powertrain, we believe it could be powered by a 52.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a claimed 400km+ range. A full charge is said to take eight hours from a wall charger. This battery pack is in use in other products in the wide portfolio of parent company, SAIC.

We're told MG Motors India is targeting 75 per cent localisation or higher for their first product, to be built at the Halol plant which was taken over from GM India. The plant has a production capacity of 80,000 units, which is planned to be increased to 2,00,000 in the second phase of operations.

The all-electric SUV too is planned to have high levels of localisation, eventually including the battery pack which is currently produced by SAIC's partner company CATL, one of the largest manufacturers of lithium-ion battery packs, in China itself.

MG Motors is presently gearing up to launch the Hector SUV in India which will basically kick-start its innings in the country. The MG Hector SUV will be based on the China-spec Baojun 530.

However, it has been confirmed, that the MG Motors version will be heavily re-engineered to make sure it withstands Indian driving conditions. The platform is expected to remain largely similar to the Baojun 530.

The launch of the Hector has been confirmed to take place in Mid 2019, which could be in June 2019. MG will have 100 sales and service touchpoints in place by May 2019. MG will localise the components heavily, 75 per cent to be precise, to price the Hector aggressively against the competition.

We believe the pricing of Hector could start at Rs 15 lakh onward.

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MG reveals first ever electric car, the eZS
Electric small SUV, unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show, is predicted to have a 286-mile range



MG has revealed its first ever electric car, the eZS. Based on the ZS compact SUV, it was unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show in China.

MG has remained tight-lipped on the technical specifications of the new eZS, with full details due to be released next month.

However, Autocar understands power comes from a front-mounted 148bhp electric motor and the battery is good for a 268-mile range on the old NEDC cycle.

China’s is the world’s largest market for electric cars, and MG is the latest manufacturer to enter with a long-range electric vehicle; ranges in excess of 250 miles are now the norm, rather than the exception.

UK sales are not yet confirmed, but they are considered likely as part of the slow but steady growth of the MG brand and its transition to being an SUV maker.

MG is enjoying sales success in China, its domestic market under the ownership of SAIC. Last year, it sold 134,786 cars, a significant increase over the 80,389 sold in 2016.

That success is accelerating in 2018; to the end of August, MG had already surpassed its sales in 2017, having sold 179,109 new cars.

The eZS is not the only new MG on display in Guangzhou. It has been joined by the new HS SUV, which is understood to be being lined up to replace the GS in MG’s UK line-up in 2019.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows/mg-reveals-first-ever-electric-car-ezs
 

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India-bound MG Hector Hybrid details revealed
With a view to reduce emissions and boost fuel efficiency, MG Motor will offer a segment-first 48V mild-hybrid variant of its first SUV for India.



Much is known about the upcoming MG Hector already but we can now confirm the SUV will come with a petrol-hybrid option in addition to the petrol and diesel engine versions.

The MG Hector hybrid will use a 48V mild hybrid system. Compared to a full-blown ‘strong’ hybrid, a mild-hybrid system has a far simpler (read cost-effective) setup, but still brings a number of benefits.

Paired to the 1.5-litre, 143hp turbo-petrol engine, the 48-volt mild-hybrid system in the MG Hector will provide up to 20Nm of additional torque at low speeds that will help counter turbo lag and allow improved acceleration in stop-start city traffic.

Additionally, the Hector hybrid will also feature regenerative braking, which will use the vehicle’s kinetic energy to recharge the 48-volt battery, and an automatic engine stop-start system that’ll switch the engine off at idle speeds to save fuel.

While the MG Hector’s mileage per litre isn’t known yet, the mild-hybrid variant is said to be nearly 12 per cent more fuel-efficient than the standard petrol variant, which would make it nearly as efficient as the diesel variant.

And with the cost of upgrading to BS-VI emission standards set to make diesels even more expensive, the mild hybrid variant of the Hector will undercut the diesel variant’s price by a big margin.

Additionally, the high efficiency afforded by the mild-hybrid system will help MG Motor meet tightening Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) norms.

The lower emissions (reduced by 12 per cent compared to the standard petrol variant) will also help the Hector counter the anti-diesel wave.

That said, the Hector will also come with a 2.0-litre diesel engine.

At present, there are no mass-market hybrids in the Indian market, and even the most affordable 48V mild hybrid vehicle on sale today is the Mercedes-Benz C-class, which costs Rs 43.46 lakh (ex-showroom).

And so, the Hector soon will become the most affordable 48-volt mild hybrid vehicle in the country.

MG’s parent company SAIC Motor is betting big on electrified cars, or “new energy vehicles”, as they’re more commonly known in China.

MG also wants to be known as a manufacturer of electric and hybrid vehicles, and has previously confirmed it will bring the all-electric eZS SUV – with a range of 428km – to India in Q4, 2019.

The MG Hector’s launch in India is set to take place in a couple of months’ time, and its rivals will include the Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson.

And while it will be loaded to the gills with equipment, the MG Hector’s price is expected to be competitive, ranging from Rs 15-20 lakh (ex-showroom).
https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/mg-hector-hybrid-being-readied-for-launch-in-india-412115
 

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350km range is not too bad.

And when you go to Durban you just carry a generator in the back, and charge it while having a burger (or three, in order to use up the time) in Harrismith.
 

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MG EZS electric SUV to be built in India



MG has announced that its upcoming electric SUV, the MG EZS will be manufactured in India at its Gujarat facility.

Spy images suggest that MG has already started testing the EZS on Indian roads ahead of its launch in December 2019.

The MG EZS is an all-electric, 5-seater compact SUV based on the MG ZS. It is expected to be powered by a 52.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, that is claimed to offer a maximum range of 350-400 km on a single charge.

Recharging the battery to its full capacity is expected to take around 8 hours using a wall charger.

MG has so far invested Rs. 2,200 crore to setup a new assembly line, press shop, body shop, parts distribution centre, testing and training facilities in India.

It's first product for the Indian market (the Hector SUV) will be launched later this month.

https://www.team-bhp.com/news/mg-ezs-electric-suv-be-built-india
 
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