Full specifications and prices have been confirmed for the highly-anticipated MG MG4 for Australia, ahead of its official arrival during the third quarter of this year.
Three main variants are going on sale, ranging from the MG4 EV Excite, Essence, and Essence Long Range. The two entry models feature a 64kWh battery that’s big enough to provide a range of 450km in the Excite and 435km in the Essence.
Moving up to the Essence Long Range brings in a 77kWh battery that boosts the range to 530km. All models are rear-wheel drive and use a single rear-mounted electric motor that generates 150kW in the 64kWh versions, and 180kW in the flagship. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is taken care of in 7.9 seconds in the two entry models, and “under 7.0” seconds in the Long Range.
As standard, all come with a 10.25-inch touch-screen media interface that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with a four-speaker sound system on the base model and a six-speaker system on both Essence models.
The Essence also adds a 360-degree parking camera setup, sat-nav, wireless phone charging, and synthetic leather trim, with the Excite receiving a fabric trim. MG Pilot comes standard on all, with AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and driver attention alert.
Going for the Essence adds door opening warning, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot detection, and lane-change assist.
The MG4 is the company’s first model based on a completely fresh, dedicated EV platform called the MSP (Modular Scalable Platform). It will be used on future models as well, and promises “superb roadholding and engagement” thanks to its 50:50 weight distribution.
The MSP setup also supports twin-motor all-wheel drive systems, and in fact the MG4 is offered overseas with dual motors and produces 330kW. Australian timing on that model is yet to be outlined, but the local arm says it is “under consideration for Australia”.
In terms of charging, the MG4 supports DC charging at up to 140kW, which means the 64kWh battery requires 28 minutes to go from 10-80 per cent using a rapid charger. Using a more common 50kW DC charger the two entry models require around 60 minutes to cover the same battery range.
MG Australia has told us the MG4 is due to launch officially during “mid H2” this year. Like other MGs, the MG4 will come covered by a seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty. Prices will start from the following (before on-road costs):
2023 MG MG4 Excite RWD 64kWh: $44,990
2023 MG MG4 Essence RWD 64kWh: $47,990
2023 MG MG4 Essence Long Ranger RWD 77kWh: $55,990