New MG4 Electric brings 280-mile range and spacious cabin

New EV is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2022.

MG4 Electric
MG4 Electric

MG’s latest electric car – the MG4 Electric – will bring a 280-mile range when it arrives in Europe towards the end of this year.

Based on the Modular Scalable Platform (MSP) developed by parent firm SAIC Motor, the MG4 Electric incorporates a flat battery which will be available in 51 and 64kWh capacities with power sent to the rear wheels via an electric motor – though an all-wheel-drive version will be on the way soon. Outputs of 125kW and 150kW will be available with the smaller and larger battery options respectively. MG quotes a 0-60mph time of ‘less than eight seconds’, too.

MG4 Electric
The MG4 Electric is due in Europe in the fourth quarter of 2022

The MG4 also uses a new ‘one pack’ battery system. The battery itself is just 110mm high – meaning better integration and less cabin intrusion – but a Battery as a Service (BaaS) system also means that users could buy a smaller battery pack to begin with an upgrade to a larger one if required. Plus, the rate at which the battery charges could be upgraded too.

Zhu Jun, deputy chief engineer of SAIC Motor, said: “In the “One pack” battery system developed by SAIC Motor, the projection area of all batteries on the Modular Scalable Platform is the same; the connectors related to other components are also the same.

MG4 Electric
A flat battery means more interior space

“Under this design concept, theoretically, batteries ranging from 40 kWh to 150 kWh can be easily achieved. It can meet the energy requirements of the A0 to D class models, providing users with flexible and diverse choices. Users can buy a small battery first, and then replace and upgrade when a longer range is needed.”

MG says that the MG4 is currently undergoing final testing ‘under various conditions in Europe’ prior to the car being introduced here in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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