The newly developed MG4 hatchback will be the first MG model based on its new Modular Scalable Platform (MSP) for EVs. It has the Chinese-owned carmaker competing for the first time in the electric compact segment.
Much like its MG3 sibling, the MG4 maintains its compact proportions while still offering five-doors and a spacious cabin.
The roominess is achieved by the MG’s compact battery pack that SAIC Motor calls the ‘One Pack’ battery system. It seeks to deliver long-life and “zero thermal runaway” safety protection.
Two battery options are available with capacities of 51kWh and 64kWh which can achieve a range of up to 350kms and 450kms, respectively.
The former permits 150kW to drive the rear axle while the 51kWh battery enables 125kW of peak power.
Quoted performance creds include a zero to 100km/h time of around 8 seconds and a top speed of 160km/h.
Further variants of the MG4 are planned, including an all-wheel drive model.
The final phase of evaluation is currently underway with the hatchback undergoing 120,000km of endurance testing in Europe.
While there’s no precise timing for its launch in New Zealand, the MG4 is expected to arrive in the first half of next year.