MG ZS EV gets new look and 110 miles more range

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

25th Nov 2021 | Car of the Week


New Long Range model has an official range of 273 miles
New Long Range model has an official range of 273 miles

MG has revealed its new, improved version of the ZS EV, which arrives in the brand's dealerships next month. The renewed model has a new look, but the bigger news is significantly longer range from a new 72kWh battery pack.

It will be offered with a choice of two trim levels and two battery variants. The 72 kWh Long Range will offer a range of 273 miles compared with 163 miles for the existing model (based on official WLTP measurements). A 51 kWh battery with a 198-mile range will be offered in the line up next year.

MG has also fixed many of the complaints from owners of the old model, with a new, easier to use charge flap and an 'iSMART connectivity system' which allows owners to set various functions from their smartphones. This allows the ZS to be pre-heated while still connected to the mains and to use a charge timer, improving efficiency and reducing costs.

Charging status is shown on a four stage indicator LED inside the charging port. The combination Type 2 and CCS charger provides up to 7kW fast charging using the on-board AC charger, or up to 76kW DC rapid charging.

This means the Long Range 72 kWh battery can be charged from 0-100% in 10½ hours on a standard 7kW charger, or as little as 42 minutes on a 100kW rapid charger.

In styling terms, the ZS EV gets a new look front end, with a filled-in grille to improve aerodynamics. New LED headlights, a redesigned rear bumper and new wheels complete the changes. Inside, there's a new 10.1-inch tablet-style touchscreen, with a new instrument cluster and wireless phone charging.

Prices have yet to be announced, but expect them to be very keen and sit comfortably under the £35,000 limit for government grant eligibility.

You can read more motoring advice from Ginny Buckley on the website: electrifying.com

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