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2023 MG 4 EV accepted on the market in Australia


MG’s new entry-level EV has been accepted on the market in Australia.

Authorities approval paperwork considered by CarExpert reveal the MG 4 has been accepted on the market at first with solely the smaller 51kWh battery and rear-mounted 125kW electrical motor.

This powertrain provides the MG 4 a claimed 350km of vary on the WLTP check cycle, and it may be charged at as much as 150kW on a DC charger.

The MG 4 is arriving in Australia within the first half of 2023.

CarExpert understands the MG 4 line-up gained’t consist solely of this entry-level powertrain, nonetheless.

Lacking from the approval paperwork are the 2 different powertrains which were revealed: a 64kWh battery/150kW e-motor pairing with 450km of vary, already produced in right-hand drive, and a dual-motor all-wheel drive choice revealed in China that MG’s UK arm says will even be produced in RHD.

The latter makes use of the identical 64kWh battery however produces 330kW of energy, 600Nm of torque, and gives a claimed 460km of vary – albeit on the extra lenient CLTC check cycle.

Tare mass and gross automobile mass are recorded as 1635kg and 2583kg, respectively, within the approval paperwork, whereas the electrical hatch is rated to tow solely 500kg total.

Solely 17-inch alloy wheels are listed within the paperwork.

The MG 4 measures 4287mm lengthy, 1836mm broad and 1504mm tall on a 2705mm wheelbase.

That makes it 53mm shorter however 41mm wider and 49mm taller than a Hyundai i30 hatchback, and it rides a 55mm longer wheelbase.

It may change into MG’s most inexpensive EV – and Australia’s least expensive EV – if UK pricing is a information.

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There, the MG 4 undercuts the bottom MG ZS EV within the UK by £3500, equal to round $A6000. This similar electrical SUV kicks off in Australia at $44,990 drive-away, suggesting a circa $40,000 value right here ought to be what to anticipate.

Stated MG ZS EV is at the moment the second least expensive EV on sale, with probably the most inexpensive being the BYD Atto 3 that begins at $44,381 earlier than on-roads, or $44,990 drive-away.

The ZS EV produces 130kW and 280Nm and has 320km of vary, which implies it’s barely extra highly effective however has barely much less vary than the bottom MG 4.

Not like MG’s small SUV, the MG 4 rides a devoted electrical automobile structure and is rear- or all-wheel drive, not front-wheel drive.

It additionally bests the ZS EV in charging means, with the crossover solely chargeable at as much as 50kW on DC energy.

The MG 4 EV is billed as one of many first Chinese language-branded automobiles created for worldwide sale from the beginning of its life. MG’s gross sales goal for its “International Automobile” is 150,000 automobiles within the first full yr.

Customary options embody a ten.25-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, 4 ranges of brake power regeneration, and the power to deal with over-the-air software program updates.

All fashions within the UK get autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle owner detection, plus adaptive cruise management and lane-keep help. Up-spec fashions additionally acquire blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

The Chinese language-market, dual-motor Triumph Version (above) receives torque vectoring, orange “high-performance” brake calipers, 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels wrapped in 235/45 R18 Bridgestone tyres, and power-adjustable entrance sports activities seats with Alcantara upholstery to match the steering wheel.

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