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Australia's cheapest EV? MG ZS to undercut Hyundai Ioniq and Nissan Leaf when it launches in November

The MG ZS EV will launch in Australia in November

Australia is about to welcome what will likely be the country’s cheapest EV to date, with the MG ZS electric vehicle to debut in November with a revised battery pack better suited to our hot-weather conditions.

The all-electric version of the Chinese SUV has been undergoing last-minute changes to its on-board battery pack, with the brand understood to have working on the water-cooling system for warm climate markets.

That work is now complete, and the SUV will land in Australia in November. While MG is yet to confirm the final price, the brand has promised local shoppers will be “excited” by the price point, with the ZS previously offered at $46,990 drive-away as a pre-sale offer.

Customers in Australia and New Zealand were asked to plonk down a $1000 deposit to secure the pre-offer pricing, with the brand confirming they reached hundreds of orders.

The MG ZS EV is expected to deliver up to 270km/h in range from its 44.5kWh battery pack, and around 105kW and 355Nm from its electric motor. Like all MGs, it will be covered by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, with the batteries covered for seven years or 130,000km.

“People will be excited,” says MG Australia’s marketing and product chief Danny Lenartic. "One thing I will say is that we don't want to be compartmentalised, with EVs on one side and ICE engines on the other.

"I don't think it needs to be Australia's cheapest EV, it needs to fit into the line-up. For us, that's more important."