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New MG Four electrical hatchback revealed; will rival VW ID.3 | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

All-new EV hatchback from MG relies on SAIC’s Modular Scalable platform, and can go on sale in Europe and UK initially.

MG Motor has taken the wraps off its entry-level EV hatchback, the MG 4, which is able to go on sale in Europe initially. This new hatchback is aimed squarely at Volkswagen’s ID.3 – the German’s model’s entry-point into mass market EV hatchbacks abroad – and in addition rival the Kia Niro EV in some markets. MG claims that the MG Four will include round 450km of vary and a spacious inside and a protracted characteristic record.

  • MG Four to get round 450km vary
  • Will rival the VW ID.3, Kia Niro EV
  • India to get Wuling Air-based small EV subsequent yr

The MG Four might be offered as MG Mulan in China and can be part of the lengthy line-up of MG branded electrical autos there. The hatchback relies on mum or dad firm SAIC’s new Modular Scalable Platform (MSP), which, officers say, will play a pivotal function within the model’s future plans.

The modular platform, which MG says helps wheelbases starting from 2,650mm to three,100mm and batteries ranging from 40kWh to 150kWh, has been conceived round a newly developed One Pack battery development course of. It makes use of horizontally stacked cells to supply a flooring top of simply 110mm, with the battery forming an integral a part of the platform construction.

MG Four EV: design

The styling of the MG 4 EV represents a departure from different current MGs, with crisper traces, sheer surfaces and detailing impressed by the Cyberster roadster idea that was unveiled in 2021. Key components embrace a low entrance finish that includes a big MG badge, angular headlights with distinctive “eyebrow” graphics and a closely structured entrance bumper with extra lights built-in throughout the outer edges. A pair of outstanding swage traces are integrated throughout the sides, whereas the decrease part of the doorways type a part of an prolonged sill.

On the rear, the five-door hatchback receives a big two-part roof-extension-cum-spoiler above an angled tailgate, along with a posh full-width tail-light meeting that includes LED graphics. Accessible as an possibility is a full-length glass roof.

At 4,287mm lengthy (with a 2,705mm wheelbase), 1,836mm vast and 1,506mm tall, the Four is 25mm longer, 27mm wider and 46mm decrease than the Volkswagen ID.3.

MG Four EV: powertrains

MG has confirmed that the Four might be offered in Europe and within the UK with a alternative of 167hp and 201hp single-motor rear-wheel-drive powertrains from launch, whereas a 443hp, dual-motor four-wheel-drive range-topper is about to observe. The efficiency model is claimed to supply a 0-100kph time of three.8sec, with high velocity restricted to 160kph. The 167hp model will get a 51kWh battery, whereas the 201hp and 443hp variant a 64kWh battery.

Official WLTP vary is between 350-450km. MG is but to verify the chemistry of the batteries, however different fashions from the Chinese language model supply both lithium ion phosphate (LFP) or lithium nickel manganese cobalt (LNMC) cells. MG has confirmed the One Pack battery will initially use a 400V structure, however says it may be upgraded to 800V for quicker charging sooner or later.

MG’s EV plans for India

For the Indian market, MG at present sells the ZS EV SUV and is readying a market launch of an all-new EV small automobile that’s anticipated to go on sale someday subsequent yr. Learn extra on that right here.

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