MG ZS EV receives Five Star Euro NCAP rating, launch expected in January 2020

Team OD Updated: February 05, 2020, 01:14 PM IST

Morris Garages a.k.a MG Motor is expected to launch their first EV SUV, the ZS in India in January 2020. The ZS has achieved the coveted Five Star Euro NCAP rating in four key test categories, adult occupant, child occupant, vulnerable road user and safety assist.  The report states, the passenger compartment of the ZS EV remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger. MG showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions. In the full-width rigid barrier test, protection of the driver was good for all critical parts of the body.

For the rear passenger, readings of chest compression indicated a weak level of protection but it was good or adequate for other parts of the body. In the side barrier impact, all critical body areas were well protected and the ZS EV scored maximum points in this test. In the more severe side pole test, protection of the chest was rated as weak, based on dummy readings of rib compression, while that of other body areas was good. Tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. A geometric assessment of the rear seats also indicated good whiplash protection. The standard-fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system performed well in tests of its functionality at the low speeds, typical of city driving, at which many whiplash injuries occur, with collisions avoided or mitigated in all test scenarios.

In terms of child protection, tn the frontal offset test, protection of both child occupants was good or adequate with the exception of the neck of the 10 year dummy, for which readings of neck tension indicated marginal protection. In the side barrier test, protection of all critical body areas was good for both 6 and 10 year dummies and the ZS EV scored maximum points in this part of the assessment. The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. All of the child restraint types for which the ZS EV is designed could be properly installed and accommodated in the car.

The MG ZS EV is powered by a 44.5 kWh liquid-cooled battery that sends power to a 143PS and 353 Nm. This gives it a 340 km range and a 0 to 100 km time of 8.5s. A standard wall-mounted charger will charge 80 per cent of the battery in 6 to 8 hours, a 50 kW fast charger will do it in 50 minutes. The ZS EV will be available in five cities to begin with - Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Each ZS EV comes with a portable charger that fits into a 15A socket. MG will also a home fast charger for owners. Further, the carmaker is also setting up a DC fast charging network at select MG showrooms which will then be expanded to charging network across MG dealerships in select satellite cities along key routes.

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 20.99 Lakhs
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