MG plans to take on the Tesla Model 3 with a high-performance version of its MG4 electric hatchback.
On sale now in the UK, and in the brand’s sights in Australia, the new MG4 hatchback is also shaping up to be an alternative to the Volkswagen ID. 4, Renault Megane e-tech and Nissan Leaf.
The regular MG4 is an electric hatchback that sends up to 150kW to the rear wheels, returning a 0-100km/h sprint in around eight seconds.
It offers up to 435 kilometers of autonomy through a 64kWh battery.
Priced at £25,995 (around $44,000) in the UK, the regular MG4 is already being produced in right-hand drive, increasing its likelihood of debuting in Australia alongside the new MG ZS EV and upcoming car. MG Cyberster electric sports car.
A faster version has been introduced abroad with performance to rival the fastest hot hatchbacks.
Powered by two electric motors at the front and rear offering a combined 330 kW and 600 Nm of torque, the high-performance model is said to reach 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds.
Powered by the same 64kWh battery as the MG4, the machine could offer performance to rival Audi’s $100,000 RS3 Sportback for the price of a VW Golf GTI.
Both models have a compact digital dash in front of the driver and a widescreen infotainment display in the dash.
Guy Pigounakis, commercial director of MG Motor UK, said there was more to come from the growing brand.
“Our first fully electric hatchback will offer unrivaled interior space and practicality, with a level of equipment normally expected from manufacturers of high-performance and premium electric vehicles,” he said.
“We believe our new MG4 EV will be an attractive proposition for customers looking for an affordable electric car without compromise.
“The potential of the innovative scalable modular platform is considerable and is set to deliver exciting new MGs for years to come.”