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China's new electric SUV headed to Oz



Claiming a range of more than 300km, Australia's all-electric car will be joined next year by the MG eZS.

Based on the ZS compact SUV, the brand's best seller in Australia, the eZS will compete with just-launched Hyundai Kona Electric, which is priced from $ 59,990 and claims range of 449km. Nissan will soon unleash the Leaf from $ 49,990, with 270km range.

If the Chinese-built eZS can be brought in nearer $ 40,000, MG has shot at the cornering of the bargain-hunting early adopter market.

Short exposure to the new MG showing the key electric vehicle hallmarks covered.

The eZS is responsive, easy to drive and the rapid off the mark, the maker nominating 3.1 seconds for the unusual split time of 0-50km / h.

Unlike many EVs, its regenerative braking is not overtly intrusive. When the driver lifts off the accelerator, it feels more like a trailing throttle of a conventional car – in the likes of Jaguar I-Pace and Hyundai Ioniq or Kona, doing feels as if you have also applied the brakes.

The eZS allows the driver to vary in regenerative braking but no feels overbearing.

Vehicles on loan after the Shanghai motor show were earmarked for the Chinese market. The Spongy Suspension Set-Up Floated And Bounced Over And In Corners. Australian models will get firmer European setting.

Charging via a plug behind the grille takes 30 minutes using a fast charger and a domestic power point can get the job done in six hours.

MG’s official documentation has a range of 428km but 335km is the real-world estimate of the 110kW / 350Nm with 45.5kWh battery.

Inside, the eZS shows its market positioning with liberal use of hard plastics. There are some luxuries, including an eight-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay / Android Auto, satnav, digital radio and 17-inch alloys. Higher grades have leather trim, push-button start, heated front seats and panoramic sunroof.

Dimensions are identical to the petrol-powered ZS. Boot space remains a useful 359L.

The new electric MG faces some tough opposition from more accomplished rivals but price and warranty cover could set apart.

MG eZS

Price: $ 40,000-plus (est)

Engine: 110kW / 350Nm, 45.5kWh battery

Safety: Untested, 7 airbags, AEB, cruise control, lane departure warning

Range: 335km

Consumption: 13.8kWh / 100km

Spare: Space-saver

Boot: 359L


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