MG Motor tasted success with the Hector and the best way, perhaps, to build upon that was to introduce yet another SUV in the SUV crazy nation of ours. And the ZS too, there is nothing about it that betrays the fact that it is an electric SUV, except maybe the 'electric' badging on the sides and the hum of the electric whine of the motor. But more on that later! It employs a typical crossover stance. The design is understated and the front end, it looks good with that wide grille with chrome surround and hidden underneath is the charging point as well. Adding to the looks are the 'London Eye' inspired daytime running lights and the very cool looking windmill inspired alloy wheels. Plus, the lines on the profile break the monotony and add a sense of relief, again, making the car look good.
The interior too employs a clean, uncluttered design and we quite like the subtle, understated layout of the dashboard. Again, MG has smartly used chrome inside as well adding to the premium look and it is further reinforced by the flat-bottomed steering wheel and the leather soft-touch bits on the dashboard and door panels. The all-black theme does eat into the sense of space but as far as space is concerned, it can fit in four adults comfortably, five will be a squeeze. The seats are well-bolstered and you sit in snugly. At the rear, there is enough knee-room for a 6-foot tall person with the driver seat adjusted to my height. And the support for your back and shoulders is aplenty too.
MG will offer two variants of the ZS EV which are 'Excite' and 'Exclusive'. MG understands the fact that car buyers in the Nepalese market love a feature loaded car and the ZS EV caters to that to the 'T'. Starting off, it is a connected SUV and gets an embedded eSIM along with in-built Wifi and more or less gets all connectivity features that the Hector gets. In addition, there will be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on offer soon. Then, you have a full panoramic sunroof along with PM 2.5 filter as well. Yes, that is a standard fitment on the top model and much needed, if you are driving around in Nepalese metro cities. Coming to safety features, the MG ZS EV gets 6 airbags as standard along with ABS and electronic stability control. There is hill descent control and hill start assist and rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat mounts and tyre pressure monitoring system as well.
The MG ZS electric SUV features a three phase permanent synchronous electric magnet motor which makes power equivalent of 140.7 bhp at 3,500 rpm and has a peak torque output of 353 Nm at 5,000 rpm. There is a single speed reduction gear which helps deliver the power instantly but more on that later. The power comes from a 44.5 kWh battery which is IP67 rated which means it is resistant to dust and waterproof up to a depth of 1 metre.
The MG ZS EV takes about 6-8 hours to be charged fully with an AC home-charger, which MG will install at your place free of cost. MG gives a portable charger with every unit which can be plugged in at any regular socket. But that of course, will take a long time to charge. The fastest charging option is the 50 kW DC fast- charger which can charge the car up to 80 per cent in less than an hour. MG says that its dealerships in metro cities will have one unit each of the 50 kW fast-chargers, in partnership with Fortum. Plus, MG will also offer road side assistance and get a mobile charging van to you in case you are stranded.