Unveiled this week as the star of the London Motorshow at ExCeL, the MG eZS was attracting more crowds than the prestigious cars on the other stands. Marques such as Rolls Royce, Bentley, Range Rover and Tesla were all noticeably quieter than the bright red MG stand with its 12ft tall inflatable battery acting as a marker to lure in the punters.
“MG is Electric” announced Daniel Gregorious, MG’s Head of Sales and Marketing, proudly from the stage nearby – and the atmosphere on the stand was certainly electric. We were jostling for a decent view in the first few minutes of the show, with people clambering in and out of this family-sized electric SUV.
The eZS is MG’s first foray into alternatively fuelled vehicles, with the rest of the current MG range being Petrol only (no Dieselgate here!). The ZS petrol model was launched in September 2017, and has proven to be a great seller for MG in the UK, as the competitive price point and Qashqai-shaped body have attracted many people to the brand.
The eZS retains a lot of the features from the ZS – a massive boot with 448 Litres of space, seating for 5 adults in comfort, a raised seating position, LED daytime running lights, alloy wheels etc – but adds much more standard specification with safety kit such as Forward Autonomous Braking with Pedestrian Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, Intelligent Headlight Control – and luxuries such as a full glass panoramic roof which opens, and heated vegan-friendly leather front seats.
The eZS also gains Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, a smart new centre console with rotary drive-mode selection, adaptive cruise control with active lane keeping, electronic parking brake with auto-hold, and a smattering of USB sockets for charging devices for both driver and passengers
The eZS has a 44.5kWh liquid cooled battery, giving a real-world maximum range of 150-175 miles from a single charge. The charging sockets at the front of the vehicle are under the MG logo on the grille – CCS with 7kW AC and 50kW DC rapid charging (compatibility with faster 100kW CCS charging is being tested at the moment). 0-100% on the AC “home” charger is stated as taking 6-7 hours, and 0-80% on a 50kW rapid charger takes 43 minutes.
We are currently taking pre-orders with a £500 deposit, with the first cars being delivered to customers from September 2019. For more information, please call our Innovation Development Manager – Miles Roberts – on 07919 414751, or email CGEVenquiries@chorleygroup.co.uk, or visit our MG dealerships in Burnley and Chorley.