MG’s new entry-level EV has been approved for sale in Australia.
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.
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The MG 4 will arrive in Australia in the first half of 2023.
CarExpert understands that the MG 4 range will not only consist of this entry-level powertrain, however.
The registration documents are missing the other two powertrains that were unveiled: a 64kWh battery/150kW e-motor pairing with 450km range, already in production in right-hand drive, and a dual-motor all-wheel-drive option unveiled in China that the UK arm of MG says it will also be produced in RHD.
The latter uses the same 64kWh battery but produces 330kW of power, 600Nm of torque and offers a claimed range of 460km – albeit on the milder CLTC test cycle.
The registration documents state that the vehicle’s curb weight and total weight are 1635 kg and 2583 kg respectively, while the power tailgate is only allowed to tow a total of 500 kg.
Only 17-inch alloy wheels are listed in the documents.
The MG 4 is 4287 mm long, 1836 mm wide and 1504 mm high with a wheelbase of 2705 mm.
That makes it 53mm shorter but 41mm wider and 49mm taller than a Hyundai i30 hatchback, and it has a 55mm longer wheelbase.
It could become MG’s most affordable electric vehicle – and Australia’s cheapest electric vehicle – if UK pricing is any guide.
There, the MG 4 undercuts the base MG ZS EV in the UK by £3,500, which is about $6,000. The same electric SUV starts at $44,990 in Australia, suggesting a price of around $40,000 to expect here.
Said MG ZS EV is currently the second cheapest electric vehicle on sale, with the cheapest being the BYD Atto 3, which starts at $44,381 pre-road or $44,990 for the road.
The ZS EV produces 130kW and 280Nm and has a range of 320km, meaning it’s slightly more powerful but has slightly less range than the base MG 4.
Unlike MG’s small SUV, the MG 4 rides on a dedicated electric vehicle architecture and is available with rear or all-wheel drive, not front-wheel drive.
It also surpasses the ZS EV in charging capability, with the crossover only capable of charging up to 50kW at DC.
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.
Standard features include a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, four levels of Brake Energy Regeneration and the ability to handle over-the-air software updates.
All UK models get autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Up-spec models also get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The twin-engine Triumph Edition (above) for the Chinese market gets torque vectoring, orange ‘high performance’ brake calipers, two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/45 R18 Bridgestone tires and power front sports seats with Alcantara upholstery to match the steering wheel.
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