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Updated MG ZS EV from £28,495

The MG ZS EV has been refreshed and is now available with a larger 72kWh long range battery, giving a range of up to 273 miles, with prices from £28,495 after the Plug-in Car Grant. It will be offered in three trim levels: SE, Trophy and Trophy Connect.

The long range 72kWh battery delivers a substantial increase in range over the outgoing model, which has a combined range of 163 miles.

Charging status is now readily viewed on the four stage indicator LEDs inside the charging port. The combination Type 2 and CCS charger provides up to 7kW fast charging using the on-board AC charger, or up to 76kW DC rapid charging. This means the long range 72kWh battery can be charged from 0-100% in 10½ hours on a standard 7kW charger, or as little as 42 minutes on a 100kW rapid charger. With Vehicle-to-Load capability now available as standard, you can even charge or power other external equipment, for example, an electric bike, using an accessory charging cable.

Every new MG ZS EV also comes with the new MG iSMART connectivity system, which offers connection via a smartphone app. Many vehicle functions can be controlled via the app, including vehicle status, battery charge level, if the car is locked or unlocked, or the alarm has been triggered. Owners will benefit from new convenience features in the app to remotely lock and unlock the car, set the air conditioning and heating, and activate the windscreen demister when required. Owners will have access to view their charging statistics, stop and start a charge, and schedule charging to optimise lower rate energy.

The infotainment system has a 10.1-inch tablet-style touchscreen, with new graphics and improved functionality. The new model also gets a new digital instrument cluster and wireless phone charging.

The new ZS EV also sees the first over the air (OTA) software updates from MG. Owners will receive any new software updates, including new features and improvements, through iSMART at the touch of a button, rather than visiting their local dealership.

The entry level ZS EV will be the SE, priced at £28,495 (after the PiCG). The SE has automatic air conditioning, bi-function LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and push-button start, vehicle-to-load charging, 360 degrees parking camera, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, sat nav, iSMART and multiple USB charging points.

The Trophy model, priced at £30,995 (after the PiCG), adds a panoramic ‘Sky Roof’ and leather-style seats, along with more convenience options such as roof rails, heated front seats, electric driver’s seat adjustment, rain-sensing wipers and wireless phone charging.

The Trophy Connect adds iSMART with live services (weather, traffic and Amazon Prime). The Trophy Connect is priced at £31,495 after the PiCG.

All ZS EVs benefit from just 1% benefit-in-kind P11D values for company car users until April 2022, and only 2% BiK thereafter for the 2022/23 tax year.

The new MG ZS EV will be offered in five colours including bold Battersea Blue, which is new to the range. Other colours in the lie-up are Arctic White, Black Pearl, Monument Silver and Dynamic Red.

The new ZS EV is the first fully electric vehicle in the MG range to offer towing capability. A 500kg towing capacity means owners can now attach small trailers or fit a cycle carrier for example.

MG currently offers six models in the UK including three plug-in cars – the MG ZS EV, the MG5 EV and MG HS Plug-in Hybrid.