As the world rapidly transitions to electric vehicles, MG has been making headlines with its line-up of electric cars, particularly in the Australian and British markets where it has achieved tremendous sales growth. MG, the iconic British car brand now revitalised under Chinese ownership (SAIC Motor), is seizing the electric vehicle (EV) market with affordable, feature-packed models that are leading sales in the more budget-orientated segment of the EV market.
So what MG electric cars are available for sale in Australia? Which future MG models are coming and when will they be available?
The First Electric MG: MG ZS EV
Let's begin with the MG ZS EV, MG's flagship electric offering in the compact SUV category. The ZS EV has been well-received, thanks to its competitive pricing (officially the most affordable electric SUV) and a decent all-electric range.
Following a recent price reduction, the 2023 MG ZS EV Excite (base model) now starts from $40,990 before on-road costs nationwide (before state incentives). It is now officially the cheapest electric SUV available in the Australian market.
The ZS EV comes in two battery sizes, 'Standard Range' and 'Long Range'.
It comes standard with a generous range of features. The base Excite includes a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, full LED headlights, and ‘MG Pilot’ active safety assistance systems including auto emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, 360-degree surround view camera, and more.
Buyers who want features like blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, faux leather seats, and more will need to step up to the flagship Essence model at $43,990 before on-road costs.
The MG ZS EV range can charge at up to 11kW AC and 94kW DC which is considered about average for this end of the market.
The Gamechanger: MG4 EV
The MG4 electric hatch is the latest model in the MG electric stable and has achieved strong sales since its launch. Prices start from $38,990 for the base variant. It is available in three battery sizes and two trims providing up to 530km of claimed WLTP driving range.
The base model offers modest charging speeds capable of up to 6.6kW AC and 88kW DC. Charging speeds for the long range variant are bumped up to a speed 11KW AC and 180kW DC - which is considered above average for this end of the market. All models are capable of vehicle-to-load (V2L) via a compatible adapter.
It features a 10.25-inch tablet-style touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, 50-50 claimed weight distribution and rides on SAIC Motor’s Modular Scalable Platform (MSP) dedicated EV platform.
▶ MORE: 2023 MG4 price and specs
The PHEV Option: MG HS Plus EV
The MG HS Plus EV continues to be Australia's cheapest plug-in-hybrid vehicle (PHEV), despite price rises due to the ongoing supply shortage and production delays.
The medium family SUV starts from $49,690 drive-away with a claimed 63km of pure electric driving range on the lenient NEDC testing cycle, complete active safety assistance suite, and 451-litre boot.
The Hero Model: MG Cyberster
The MG Cyberster, an upcoming electric roadster from the iconic British marque, is set to stand out with its futuristic design and cutting-edge technology. With the resurrection of the MG brand, the Cyberster pays homage to the classic MG roadsters while propelling itself squarely into the realm of modern electric vehicles.
MG has confirmed deliveries are expected to start in the UK and European markets in mid-2024. MG has advised the car is under strong consideration for the Australian market, if to be available, it wouldn't be until later in 2024
- Range: While specifics are yet to be confirmed, MG has hinted at a potential range of over 800 km (497 miles), making it highly competitive in today's EV market.
- Acceleration: MG promises a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time under three seconds, suggesting that the Cyberster will be as thrilling to drive as it is striking to look at.
- Design: The Cyberster boasts a sleek, aerodynamic silhouette with “Magic Eye” headlights that open when switched on, and an interactive “Digital Fiber” design that integrates LED technology throughout the bodywork.
More from MG's Electric Stable
MG isn't stopping with the ZS EV and MG4 EV. Rumours of a more extensive MG electric line-up abound, with talks of the MG5 EV, an electric station wagon that combines space with efficiency.
Prospective MG Electric Models and Features:
MG 5 EV
The MG5 EV is an electric sedan/station wagon that shares the same platform as the MG5 petrol sedan - currently the cheapest sedan available in Australia. While available in the UK market, the MG 5 EV estate has yet to be confirmed for Australia.
What Sets MG Electric Cars Apart
MG has carved a niche in the EV space by focusing on the intersection of affordability and quality. With a keen eye on market trends, MG's electric vehicles offer features that are in high demand by modern drivers at price points that challenge the notion that electric cars are prohibitively expensive.
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