Australia’s cheapest electric car is set to get the option of more range in the coming months – but likely at a price.
A long driving range version of the Electric SUV 2023 MG ZS EV scheduled to hit Australian showrooms before the middle of this year has been confirmed.
The 72kWh long-range version of Australia’s cheapest new electric vehicle is said to offer a range of up to 440km in European WLTP tests, up from 320km in the 50.3kWh standard-range ZS-EV now on sale stands.
A spokesman for MG Australia said drive the car is expected in Australian showrooms in the first half of this year (prior to July) pending any delays.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but if UK list prices are any guide, the ZS EV Long Range can cost around $3500-$4000 more than the standard version, which is between $43,990 and $47,990 plus road cost in Australia costs.
In Europe, the Long Range model is powered by a 72kWh battery pack and a 115kW/280Nm electric motor – more than 50.3kWh but less than 130kW/280Nm in the standard version, now available in Australia is available.
It’s unclear if the long-range battery option will be offered in both the Excite and Essence model classes in Australia, or only in the top-of-the-line Essence.
The 2023 MG ZS EV long-distance should be available in Australian showrooms by the end of June 2023.
Meanwhile, the new variant is set to make its Australian public debut in mid-March alongside the MG 4 electric hatchback at the Fully Charged electric car show in Sydney in mid-March.