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The MG ZS EV Gets Refreshed In India at Rs 21.99 Lakh

Offered in the Excite and Exclusive trims with a slew of upgrades inspired by the Astor

  • Excite will be offered from July 2022 while the top-spec Exclusive is available at launch.
  • Cleaner styling with new bumpers, alloy wheels, the Astor’s lighting setup, and two new body shade options. 
  • Astor-inspired cabin with a digital driver’s display, 10.1-inch touchscreen, rear AC vents, connected car tech and more.
  • Gets a more potent 176PS electric powertrain, and a 50.3kWh battery, offering up to 461km range.
  • Rekindles its rivalry with the Hyundai Kona Electric.

MG Motor India has given the ZS electric SUV its first ever midlife facelift at prices starting from Rs 21.99 lakh  to Rs 25.88 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Interestingly, while it continues to be offered in the Excite and Exclusive trims, the former will only be available from July 2022, whereas the latter can be bought at launch. What’s new in this refresh? Well quite a fair amount; with also some inspirations taken from the internal-combustion engined Astor SUV. 

VariantsPre-facelift PriceFacelift  PriceDifference
ExciteRs 21.49 lakhRs 21.99 lakhRs 50,000
ExclusiveRs 25.18 lakhRs 25.88 lakhRs 70,000

All prices (ex-showroom, India) 

Starting with the exterior, MG has gone for a cleaner philosophy, which is evident in the lack of clutter around the new front bumper and the axing of the faux front grille. Other than that, the 17-inch alloy wheels get a new design, the headlights and tail lamps are from the Astor, and the rear bumper has a distinct look. Also, black and grey joins the paint options on the Astor alongside red and white. But the trademark blue has been taken out. 

You’ll notice a bigger change inside, with an overhaul keeping in line with the Astor. It also gets a lot of its bells and whistles such as a larger 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, digital driver’s display, and a 360-degree camera. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, i-Smart connected car tech, cruise control, a powered driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof and auto headlights and wipers are retained. Rear seat occupants now get AC vents and an armrest. 

In terms of safety, the likes of six airbags, ABS with EBD, tyre pressure monitor continue to be retained, but the updated ZS EV now gets a little bit of ADAS in the form of blind spot warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking assist.

Under the hood is where the juicy changes are at. It is now powered by a 176PS electric powertrain, a  33PS jump over the pre-facelift model’s 143PS setup. It is also now coupled with a larger 50.3kWh battery pack in place of the 44kWh unit. Of course, this translates to a claimed range of 461km, which is 42km better than the pre-facelift model’s 419km (claimed). As for charging options MG is also offering ZS EV customers free charging services until March 31.

All these upgrades mean the facelifted MG ZS EV is priced at a premium of upto Rs 70,000 over the pre-facelift model that retailed from Rs 21.49 lakh (ex-showroom). It will rekindle its rivalry with the Hyundai Kona Electric.

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