New Delhi: MG Motor, the British manufacturer owned by Chinese company SAIC has announced its plans to launch an electric SUV in India by 2020. The company has already said that its first car in India is likely to come in the second quarter of 2019 and now it has announced that its second launch in the market will be an electric SUV which will come in just under a year from the launch of its first car.
The MG ZS-based electric SUV could come with a 48kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The electric motor is claimed to develop 115hp and 255Nm of peak torque, and go 425km on a single charge.
MG is likely to bring the electric ZS as a CKD and locally assemble the model in order to keep costs in check. The interesting bit here is that the brand may even assemble the battery for the EV in India.
While the battery cell will be imported from China, Parent company SAIC has joined hands with one of the world’s largest makers of lithium-ion batteries, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL), who will help them assemble the battery module in our market.
There is no confirmation yet on a launch date, but expect the all-electric ZS SUV (likely to be called the ZSe or the eZS) to go on sale around late 2019.