MG made headlines when it announced the MG4 Excite 51 would start at just $38,990, only for fellow Chinese brand, BYD, to steal those headlines with its $38,890 Dolphin. But while you can order a Dolphin from BYD it’s yet to actually hit the road here. So the advantage has shifted back to MG, for now at least.
The new models in the range are the Excite 64, Essence 64 and Essence 77 (with the numbers all referring to the battery size). Pricing for these new models is $44,990 for the Excite 64, $47,990 for the Essence 64 and $55,990 for the Essence 77.
For comparison, the GWM Ora is priced from $44,490, the Nissan Leaf range starts at $50,990 and even the new Fiat 500e will begin at $52,500, so the MG4 has marked itself out as the most price competitive EV range in the local market.
The Excite 51 comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, tail-lights and daytime running lights as well as cloth-trimmed seats, a 7.0-inch digital instrument panel, 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a four-speaker sound system. All models in the MG4 line-up are equipped with vehicle-to-lead technology, which means you can draw power from the car to power external appliances.
The Excite 64 gets an upgraded powertrain, which we’ll detail shortly, but otherwise the features are the same. The Essence 64 and 77 models do get extra equipment though, with a six-speaker sound system, wireless smartphone charging pad, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, leather and fabric trim and 18-inch alloy wheels with aero covers.