MG, Australia’s second-largest electric vehicle seller in 2021 after Tesla, is preparing to expand its electric vehicle offering.
The MG 4, which was teased earlier this year, was largely unveiled in a picture from the floor of SAIC Motor’s Ningde plant, which produces the MG 5, HS and Pilot.
We’ve contacted MG Australia to confirm local launch timing for the MG 4, but the company said it wasn’t able to confirm anything just yet.
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The company has previously confirmed that it will unveil the UK market version in Q4 2022, and Chinese media are reporting that it will go on sale this year.
Between the leaked factory floor image released by D1EV, spy photos, official teasers and patent filing images, there are essentially no more surprises when it comes to the MG 4’s exterior.
According to CarNewsChina, the new electric hatchback was developed with markets like Europe and the UK in mind, and MG has reportedly conducted extensive global market research comparing the Volkswagen ID.3.
MG has confirmed that the new model will be 4300mm long, making it 38mm longer than an ID.3 and around 65mm longer than an Ora Good Cat.
The MG 4 name places it between the brand’s light car, the aging MG 3, and its small cars under the MG 5 nameplate – one a rebranded Roewe ei5 electric station wagon for Europe, the other a slimmer sedan for the Asia-Pacific region in Australia later this year.
It’s reportedly part of a new range of electric vehicles for MG that will also include the production version of the Cyberster concept, which is rumored to launch in 2024, and two new SUVs called the CyberS and CyberX.
It’s reportedly riding on a new EV platform that’s said to support Level 3 autonomous driving technology.
It’s unclear which electric powertrain the MG 4 will use.
MG’s only electric model in Australia is the ZS EV, which has sold out ahead of the launch of an updated model in July.
As the images show, the MG 4 – which is also expected to be called CyberE in China – has a relatively conventional hatchback silhouette, but with some sportier design cues.
There’s a rather menacing nose, with a sharply folded hood, angular headlights and a Cyberster concept-inspired front bumper treatment.
The MG 4 should support the brand’s expansion across Europe, where it is reportedly planning to export 120,000 vehicles this year.
In addition to the MG 4 and the MG 5 mentioned above, MG also sells a redesigned version of the Roewe Marvel X electric crossover in Europe as the MG Marvel R.
The brand sold 360,000 vehicles in its global markets in 2021, while MG and sister brand Roewe together sold 800,000 vehicles in China alone.
The parent company SAIC Motor exports MG products not only to Europe, UK, Australia and New Zealand, but also to India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
The company says it’s a top 10 brand in 17 countries, including here.
In 2021, the MG ZS EV was Australia’s second best-selling electric vehicle behind the Tesla Model 3, helped by sharp pricing.
MG is driving local EV adoption by incentivizing purchases of its MG ChargeHub.
In response to New South Wales grants for the installation of electric vehicle chargers aimed at boosting regional tourism, MG announced earlier this month it would cover the cost difference for successful applicants.
Under the grant process, regional councils will receive 75 percent of the funding for up to four AC target chargers and their installation. The chargers are to be installed in places such as motels, wineries, restaurants and natural attractions.
The NSW Government grant also covers 50 per cent of a two-year charger software subscription.
MG’s 7kW ChargeHub costs $1990 without installation, while the 11kW unit is $2090. These can also be purchased directly from MG dealers.
The incentive program complements MG’s hotel subsidy program announced last year.
The Chinese automaker announced it will offer up to 3,000 discounted EV AC chargers to regional three-star hotels and resorts across the country.
“The reason for this strategy is to give people driving electric vehicles access to regional or rural areas that they thought they couldn’t reach with an electric vehicle – and now they can,” said Danny Lenartic, product director of MG Australia .
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