The soon-to-be-released MG 4 electric hatchback, which is expected to arrive in Australia in the first half of 2023 at a price of around US$40,000, has received top marks from Euro NCAP.
Australia’s ANCAP is aligned with Euro NCAP’s protocols – although there are some stricter new ones for 2023 – so it would be reasonable to expect that score to be carried over here.
The Chinese electric vehicle scored 83 percent for adult occupant safety, 80 percent for child occupant safety, 75 percent for vulnerable road users and 78 percent for safety assistant.
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State approval documents viewed by CarExpert show that the MG 4 was initially only approved for sale with the smaller 51kWh battery and rear-mounted 125kW electric motor.
This powertrain gives the MG 4 a claimed range of 350 km in the WLTP test cycle and can be charged at up to 150 kW on a DC charger.
The all-new MG 4 EV hatchback could (and probably should) become Australia’s cheapest electric car when it gets here – judging by UK market prices.
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For example, the MG 4 undercuts the base MG ZS EV by £3500 in the UK which is about $6300. The ZS EV SUV starts at $44,990 drive-away in Australia, suggesting that the MG 4 will be priced around $40,000 here.
If both the MG 4 and ZS EV update are available, the rapidly growing (top 10 by volume) brand will have a strong double whammy here. MG Australia dealerships are well positioned to sell electric vehicles in particular, as the company is offering buyers its own Type 2 wallbox chargers priced at $1990.
The MG 4 EV is believed to be one of the first Chinese-branded cars designed from the ground up to be sold worldwide. MG’s sales target for its “Global Car” is 150,000 vehicles in the first full year.
Unlike the ZS, which also comes with a petrol option, the MG 4 EV uses a down-to-earth pure electric vehicle platform that’s scalable to other applications – wheelbases between 2650mm and 3100mm. MG states curb weights between 1655kg and 1685kg.
Standard features include a 10.25-inch touchscreen, app integration, four levels of Brake Energy Regeneration, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a full suite of driver assistance features. The MG4 EV also handles regular over-the-air software updates.
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