MG4 coming to Europe in late 2022

MG4 coming to Europe in late 2022

SAIC brand MG Motor has given more details on its MG4 Electric compact electric car for European markets. In addition to launching in the fourth quarter of 2022, MG has for the first time released firm technical data on the MG4 and its MSP electric platform.

The MG4 - and the nearly identical MG Mulan version recently unveiled for China - is the first MG model based on parent company SAIC Motor's new MSP (Modular Scalable Platform) platform. The ultra-slim battery is initially available in 51 kWh or 64 kWh capacity and is expected to deliver a range of up to 450 kilometres under WLTP. Other variants of the MG4 Electric are in the pipeline, as is an all-wheel drive system.

In conjunction with the larger battery, the electric motor transmits a maximum power of 150 kW to the rear axle, with the battery version with 51 kWh it is 125 kW. The company does not currently provide information on the charging power. MG also does not confirm which cells are installed in the battery called "One Pack" - in other models both LFP and NCM cells are offered.

For this, MG mentions some details about the new battery pack itself. Since the cells are arranged horizontally, the entire battery is only eleven centimeters high. Thanks to a high degree of integration and a new cooling system, not only the service life should be particularly high, but also the protection against thermal runaway.

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The platform itself can map wheelbases between 2.65 and 3.10 meters with different body styles - from hatchbacks and notchbacks to SUVs and vans. "For this reason, the Modular Scalable Platform (MSP) plays a crucial role in MG Motor's growth strategy for Europe," the manufacturer says. Although MG does not name the MG4's wheelbase, it does name its other dimensions: the compact model is 4.29 meters long, 1.84 meters wide and 1.50 meters high.

What's more, in the future, larger batteries will be able to be retrofitted to existing vehicles. "This concept theoretically makes it easy to create batteries with capacities ranging from 40 kWh to 150 kWh," said Zhu Jun, Deputy Chief Engineer of SAIC Motor. "It can meet the energy needs of models from grades A0 to D, and offers users flexible and diverse choices. Customers can purchase a small battery initially and then replace or upgrade it when a longer range is required."

An 800-volt version is also possible in the future, and the drive unit with hairpin windings and oil cooling can also be upgraded to the higher voltage.