2022 MG ZS EV facelift features new design, offers higher range

After giving the ICE MG ZS a facelift in 2019, SAIC has unveiled the 2022 MG ZS EV in a new avatar now. The new electric SUV features a host of technical and equipment changes in addition to a refreshed design, and these changes should make it a much stronger competitor of the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia e-Niro.

2022 MG ZS EV exterior & interior changes

The 2022 MG ZS EV has noticeable design changes to further set itself apart from its donor model and appear unique. The designers have come up with the tried-and-tested second-generation EV formula where the conversion model gets a large single-piece mask covering the radiator grille and more areas of the front. The new ZS EV is instantly recognizable as an EV, which wasn’t the case with the old model. However, we wouldn’t say it looks more appealing.

The MG ZS EV facelift has a new electric-only front-end with a stamped-effect grille that leads to improved aerodynamics. The charging port is on the right side of the MG logo, not behind it like on the 2021 ZS EV. A four-stage LED indicator inside the charging port shows the EV’s charging status.

The 2021 ZS EV was one of the last remaining EVs on the market not to feature LED headlights. The new model does feature LED headlights, and these new headlights carry a sharper design. New bumpers, new wheels, and tweaked tail lamps are also among the visual changes on the outside.

The 2022 ZS EV features a few significant revisions on the inside as well. There’s a fully digital instrument cluster instead of an analogue unit, a floating touchscreen infotainment system instead of an integrated one, and a sleeker and more elegant climate control panel. MG has given volume and temperature control knobs a miss in the new model, which would be a thumbs down for old-school drivers. The new centre console does clean up the interior slightly, though.

The new infotainment system features a new UI, aimed at offering an improved user experience, and it has a bigger, 10.1-inch display, which is more advanced, too. Wireless smartphone charging has made it to the ZS EV now. There’s no wireless Apple CarPlay or wireless Android Auto, as is the case with the petrol variant.

2022 MG ZS EV range

The MG ZS EV facelift includes major technical changes, too. It will be available with a 51 kWh battery pack that delivers a range (WLTP) of 198 miles and also a 72 kWh battery pack that provides a range (WLTP) of 273 miles. These are huge improvements compared to the 2021 ZS EV’s 163-mile range (WLTP) from its standard 44.5 kWh battery pack.

MG hasn’t disclosed the power and torque figures of the new ZS EV yet. The 2022 ZS EV supports double the DC charging power compared to the 2021 ZS EV – 100 kW. Fast-charging the 72 kWh using a rapid charger takes as little as 42 minutes. Using a 72 kW normal charger, it takes ten and a half hours to fully charge the long-range battery pack from empty.

2022 MG ZS EV release date

The new MG ZS EV will reach UK showrooms in November 2021, and that’s the month when its prices will come out.

MG ZS PHEV reportedly in the pipeline

Chinese reports say that an MG ZS PHEV is in the works. Powering the new ZS PHEV, as per Chinese reports, could be a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor producing a combined output of about 224 kW (305 PS) of power and a combined torque of 480 Nm.

MG sales hit a new high in the UK

MG made a record in the UK in July 2021, achieving a 2.53% market share in the country. This came on the back of 5,452 cars sold, which was the first time the company delivered 5,000+ cars in a single month. According to a press release issued by the company, MG amassed a 61.2% rise in year-to-date sales by the end of that month. This was in a market that saw a slump of 34.4% year-over-year.

A lot of the growth has also come from MG’s electric vehicles, the MG5 EV and MG ZS EV. In July 2021, ahead of Mercedes, Audi, and Hyundai, MG was then the third best-selling brand in the EV market of the UK. The company has over 130 dealers in the country, and it plans to add more dealers by the year-end.