Chinese manufacturers will perhaps become the big winners of the ecological transition and the electric shift.
Not a week goes by without a brand from the Middle Kingdom announcing its intention to enter the European market with electric models.
According to statistics released by ACEA, Chinese vehicle imports doubled in 2020. And that may just be the beginning.
MG Motor, owned by Chinese SAIC Motor, has just unveiled its program for the coming months.
On the menu: three models, two of which are new.
The first is a 4.67m SUV dubbed Marvel R.
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The interior of the MG Marvel R. MG Motor
Evoking from certain angles the MG ZS EV, the Marvel R displays its own personality through a front end with two air intakes in the form of a lying V, flush door handles, a light strip between the taillights and a very upscale interior. This is distinguished by an imposing inclined central tunnel housing a large 19.4-inch screen. Two versions appear in the catalog: rear-wheel drive and integral. The Comfort and Luxury finishes are powered by two electric motors placed on the rear wheels and displaying a cumulative power of 180 hp. Thanks to the integration of an additional motor on the front axle, the 4-wheel-drive Performance version boasts a power of 288 hp and a generous torque of 665 Nm.It announces a range of 370 km according to the WLTP standard while the rear-wheel drive version is approved at 402 km. All versions are associated with a 70 kWh battery which can accept a charging power of 92 kW. In this case, the accumulators recover 80% of their capacity in 43 minutes. Prices range from € 39,990 (excluding bonus) to € 48,990 for the Performances model.
The MG5 station wagon.
During the first quarter of 2022, MG Motor will be the first manufacturer to market a 100% electric station wagon.
With a length of 4.54 m, the MG5 will benefit from a generous loading volume, from 479 to 1,400 liters, with the rear seat folded down.
Unlike the Marvel R SUV, the 156 hp engine will be placed on the front axle.
It will be powered by a 61.1 kWh battery which would allow a range of 400 km according to the WLTP standard.
Its price will start below 30,000 euros.
The MG5 station wagon will be available in an entry-level version with a 50.3 kWh battery in the course of 2022.
Finally, the third MG Motor model concerns the facelift of the ZS EV.
Its design has been revamped and the range has been extended to 440 km thanks to a 70 kWh battery.