MG to unveil ID.3 competitor before the end of 2022

MG to unveil ID.3 competitor before the end of 2022

British SAIC brand MG Motor has announced a new electric model to be unveiled in the fourth quarter of this year. It will be a 4.3-metre hatchback called the MG4, which is expected to rival the VW ID.3, among others.

A video posted by the company on Twitter shows a (partially) shrouded rendering of the MG4. The car cannot be seen in its entirety in the teaser video, but some sections can. The rims and taillights look modern, while the rear end is marked by a continuous strip of lights.

Apart from the 4.30-metre length (ID.3: 4.26 metres), MG is not disclosing any technical specifications. The SAIC brand is relying on both NMC and LFP batteries for its current models such as the revamped ZS EV compact SUV and the MG5 Electric compact station wagon (which will be launched in Europe in March).

The British magazine "Autocar" speculates that the MG4 should be technically "largely identical" to the current version of the MG5 Electric. MG will initially offer the station wagon with a 61.1 kWh NMC battery for a WLTP range of 400 kilometers. The standard version with a 50.3 kWh LFP battery (320 WLTP kilometers) will follow later. Depending on the battery, the drive power is between 115 and 130 kW. In the ZS EV, the same LFP battery is offered, but the NMC battery of the long-range model comes to 70 kWh.

The AC charging power is 11 kW regardless of the battery installed. In addition, both batteries are capable of charging at up to 87 kW at a DC pillar. The charging process from five to 80 percent takes around 40 minutes - which corresponds to an average charging power of 69 kW for the large battery.

Pricing-wise, the MG5 Electric could also be an indication of the MG4, which is also likely to be priced slightly below the E estate due to the smaller code number in the model name, which will be available in Germany at prices starting at €35,490 with an LFP battery and €38,490 with the NMC battery - both prices are before subsidies are deducted.