New portfolio, greater presence: MG Motors on course for expansion

Under the auspices of China, the former British sports car brand MG is set to grow further in Europe. In addition to several new models, there is the first facelift for the ZS EV and plans to further expand the market presence in Europe significantly.

For model year 2022, MG Motor, a subsidiary of the Chinese SAIC group, wants to continue its expansion course in Europe with a growing and also refreshed model range. In addition to a facelift for the already well-known B-segment SUV ZS EV, the launch of the MG5 electric station wagon and the large SUV model Marvel R Electric will soon be launched.

ZS EV with a new look

It remains to be seen whether European customers will like the visual changes to the ZS EV.

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In Germany, MG will launch the ZS EV with a new front look in October. Among other things, the headlight technology, which is characterized by larger daytime running lights, has been modified. There is also an aerodynamically designed front apron in which the previous grille opening has been replaced by a closed surface painted in the vehicle color. The charging connector opening now has its own flap next to the MG logo. So far, the connection was hidden behind it.

There is also a choice of two battery versions with 51 or 72 kWh capacity, which allow WLTP ranges of 320 or 440 kilometers. So far, the ZS EV has been offered with a 44.5 kWh battery. An 11 kW 3-phase on-board charger is part of the standard equipment for the longer-range ZS EV. A connectivity system is also standard for both versions. The prices for the lifted ZS start at around 34,000 and 38,000 euros, respectively.

Second generation of the Marvel R

The second generation of the MG Marvel R comes onto the market.

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At the same time, MG is launching the Marvel R, an electric model of the second generation. The SUV looks much more modern than the ZS EV. With a length of 4.67 meters, the significantly larger model will be available with two drive variants. The basis is a two-engine rear-wheel drive with 180 hp, alternatively there is all-wheel drive and three motors that together mobilize 288 hp. The prices for the weaker version start at around 43,000 euros, the performance version starts at around 51,000 euros.

Expand market presence and portfolio

The interior of the MG5 looks very attractive.

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At the beginning of 2022, MG will also expand its portfolio to include the MG5, which is the first electrically powered station wagon to be offered in Germany. MG promises a trunk that can be expanded from 479 to around 1400 liters and two battery versions with 50 or 61 kWh for a range of 320 and 400 kilometers, respectively. The electric motor drives the Stromer with 156 hp and 260 Newton meters of torque. The price will be less than 40,000 euros.

In addition to its model range, MG also wants to expand its market presence in Europe. The brand with English roots is currently represented in 16 countries with over 200 sales outlets. In the first three quarters, MG was able to sell almost 40,000 vehicles, primarily to private customers. The network is expected to grow to 400 points this year. Soon they also want to compete in Portugal, Switzerland and Finland. The sales figures are likely to increase accordingly. Further model innovations are also planned in the medium term. Among other things, the introduction of an electric sports car is planned for 2024.