The MG4 electric hatchback has been one of the most popular and affordable EVs in Europe since its launch in 2023. The car has won several awards for its design, performance, and technology and has attracted many customers who are looking for a practical and eco-friendly alternative to conventional hatchbacks. Now, MG is expanding the MG4 series with two new models: the MG4 Extended Range and the MG4 XPower.
MG4 Extended Range: more miles, more value
The MG4 Extended Range is the new flagship model of the MG4 lineup, offering the longest range of any MG electric car to date. The car features a 77 kWh battery pack that can deliver up to 323 miles (520 km) of WLTP-rated range on a single charge. This is a significant improvement over the previous Long Range model, which had a 64 kWh battery and a range of 281 miles (452 km).
The MG4 Extended Range also boasts a fast charging capability of up to 135 kW, which means it can replenish 80% of its battery in just 35 minutes using a 150 kW rapid charger. The car also comes with a grille shutter system that improves aerodynamic efficiency by up to 30% and can increase EV range by as much as 10%.
The MG4 Extended Range is available in the top-spec Trophy trim level, which includes a host of features such as leather seats, heated steering wheel, wireless phone charging, sat-nav, 360-degree camera, blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. The car also has a sporty exterior design with a two-tone roof, rear spoiler, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The price of the MG4 Extended Range is $40,500 (€34,995), which is still very competitive compared to other electric hatchbacks with similar range and performance. For example, the Hyundai Kona Electric with a 64 kWh battery and a range of 300 miles (482 km) costs $44,000 (€37,990), while the Kia Niro EV with a 64 kWh battery and a range of 239 miles (385 km) costs $41,000 (€35,490).
MG4 XPower: the ultimate electric hot hatch
The MG4 XPower is the most powerful and exciting model of the MG4 series, aiming to challenge the likes of the Abarth 500e and the upcoming Alpine A290_ß concept. The car is based on the Long Range model but adds another electric motor on the front axle to create an all-wheel drive system with a combined output of 429 hp (320 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.
The MG4 XPower can sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). The car also has a sport-tuned suspension with stiffer springs, heavier steering, bigger brakes, and wider wheels to enhance its handling and agility. The car also features a dedicated XPower mode that optimizes the power delivery and throttle response for maximum performance.
The MG4 XPower has a distinctive look that sets it apart from the rest of the MG4 lineup. The car has a more aggressive front bumper with larger air intakes, a blacked-out grille with an XPower badge, side skirts, a rear diffuser, quad exhaust tips, and a large rear wing. The car also has unique 19-inch alloy wheels with red brake calipers and XPower logos.
The price of the MG4 XPower is also $40,500 (€34,995), which makes it one of the most affordable electric hot hatchbacks on the market. For comparison, the Abarth 500e, with 199 hp (148 kW) and a range of 124 miles (200 km), costs $38,000 (€32,900), while the Alpine A290_ß concept is expected to cost around $55,000 (€47,500) when it goes into production.
MG’s ambitious EV strategy
The launch of the two new variants of the MG4 is part of MG’s ambitious strategy to become one of the leading EV brands in Europe. The company plans to offer ten electric model series by 2025, covering various segments such as SUVs, sedans, coupes, and sports cars. The company also aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and invest in renewable energy sources and green mobility solutions.
The MG4 is currently one of the best-selling electric cars in Europe, ranking fourth in sales in June 2023 behind the Tesla Model 3, Volkswagen ID.3, and Renault Zoe. The car has received positive reviews from critics and customers alike for its value proposition, driving dynamics, equipment levels, and powertrain. The car also benefits from MG’s 7-year warranty and 8-year battery warranty, which provide peace of mind and confidence to buyers.
The two new variants of the MG4 are expected to boost the sales and popularity of the car even further, as they offer more choices and features to different types of customers. The MG4 Extended Range is ideal for those who want to travel long distances without worrying about charging, while the MG4 XPower is perfect for those who want to enjoy the thrill and fun of driving an electric hot hatch. Both cars are available to order now and will be delivered later this year.
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