MG Motor to launch eZS electric SUV in India by end-2019
MG Motor 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.
The MG eZS 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 Motor 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.
The launch of the Hector has been confirmed to take place in Mid 2019
MG Motor 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 Motor 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.
MG Motor's first offering in India will be a premium SUV rivaling the Jeep Compass
Also see: MG ZS EV | First Drive (India)
Also see: MG Motor - SAIC Lineup - First Look
Starts Rs 15.35 Lakhs
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