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MG 4 EV coming in second half of 2023, as part of wider electric push

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Orange MG 4 EV charging from kerbside wall box in city

Key Points

  • MG 4 EV coming in H2 2023 with three variants, two batteries
  • MG ZS EV Long Range launching in April from $55,990
  • Marvel R, Cyberster seemingly confirmed, but no MG 5 EV wagon

The MG 4 small electric hatchback will be landing in Australia during the second half of 2023, as the Chinese automaker commits to bringing more electric vehicles Down Under.

The GWM Ora-rivalling EV will be offered in three variants (currently abbreviated with codenames) and two battery sizes – utilising lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) and nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) chemistries:

MG 4 VariantClaimed range (WLTP)Battery (usable)
Standard Range ‘Com’ 350km50.8kWh LFP
Long Range ‘Com’450km61.7kWh NMC
Long Range ‘Lux’435km61.7kWh NMC
Orange MG 4 driving in UK roads

The MG 4 EV will be the brand’s first vehicle to ride on parent company SAIC Motors’ Modular Scalable Platform (MSP) dedicated EV platform, featuring a more modern interior with a two-spoke steering wheel, 10.25-inch touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, and an open flat-floor cabin.

Local pricing isn't confirmed yet, but based on overseas figures, expect it to be a more affordable EV entry in the $40,000 or $50,000 ballpark – and could even undercut the current MG ZS EV small SUV.

Meanwhile, the ZS EV will also gain a larger Long Range battery, delivering up to 440km of driving range on the stricter WLTP testing cycle from a 68.3kWh usable NMC-based pack.

Blue MG ZS EV in front of modern home driveway

The ZS EV Long Range will be sold in top-spec Essence guise only, priced from $55,990 before on-road costs. It will be available from April.

This means the MG electric car brings an additional 120km driving range for an extra $8000 outlay than the Standard Range battery version, but instead has 115kW of power (reduced by 15kW).

The Chinese automaker has also committed to bringing more EV models to Australia, with the media material seemingly confirming the five-seater Marvel R medium electric SUV (sold in Europe since 2021) and forthcoming Cyberster flagship electric convertible.

MG Marvel R and MG 5 EVMG Marvel R and MG 5 EV

Pictured: MG Marvel R (left), MG 5 EV (right)

However, the local arm ruled out the MG 5 EV wagon currently sold in Europe and the UK, even though the petrol-powered MG 5 sedan is slated to launch locally.

The competition for affordable electric cars in Australia is intensifying, with new entrants such as the Chinese-made BYD Atto 3 SUV and GWM Ora hatch.

Despite this, Australians continue to queue up for the pricier Tesla Model 3 sedan and Model Y SUV, which have quickly become the top-selling EVs by a far margin.

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