MG Motor's first product for India, the Hector is due for a launch this month. Ahead of Hector's official launch, MG's second product for the country, the eZS SUV has been spotted testing on Indian roads. The SAIC owned British automaker is scheduled to launch the eZS somewhere around December 2019.
Talking about the eZS, it is an electric version of the ZS SUV which MG sells across the world. eZS was MG's first electric vehicle and was revealed at the 2018 Guangzhou Motor Show.
In India, the eZS will mostly land-up becoming the second electric SUV, following the launch of Hyundai's Kona EV, which is scheduled for a launch in July 2019.
As far as looks are concerned, the eZS looks almost identical to the regular ZS. However, the electric variant gets unique five-spoke alloys (which reduce drag), a charging port at the front, eZS badging and an exclusive blue paint option. The overall profile is more of an urban SUV and less of a typical true-blue SUV.
The SUV is expected to be packed with a long list of creature comfort features, similar to its cousin, the Hector. Owners will also get an advanced touchscreen infotainment system and a large panoramic sunroof. MG has also confirmed that it will also bring in its iSmart Next-Gen technology which is basically MG's connectivity suite.
On the powertrain front, the Chinese version of the eZS gets a 150hp electric motor which helps it to do a 0-50 kmph in just 3.1 seconds. As per the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle), the SUV has a total range of 335km in a single charge. It isn't clear whether MG will bring in any change to the powertrain when it launches the SUV in the country. More details are expected to be revealed closer to the launch.
MG has already readied its Halol plant for the production of the eZS. The SUV is expected to get subsidy from the Indian government under the FAME - II scheme. Pricing is expected to be around the Rs 20-25 lakh mark.
Apart from India, MG also plans to bring in the electric vehicle in multiple international markets like Australia, South-east Asia, UK, Germany etc.