We first saw the zero-emissions MG4 as a Mulan-badged electric vehicle in Chinese specification, now it is known that it will be based on the brand's new MSP (Modular Scalable Platform) architecture. The new platform will form the basis for the next generation of MG electric models.
Three MG4 specifications will be available from launch: SE Standard Range, SE Long Range and Trophy Long Range. The SE Standard Range starts at £25,995. In this configuration, a 167 hp battery is available. and a capacity of 51 kWh, capable of driving 350 km on the WLTP cycle. It also comes standard with MG Pilot advanced driver assistance, automatic LED headlights and taillights, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, automatic climate control and MG iSmart app connectivity.
The Long Range SE trim is equipped with a larger 64 kWh battery, with a full charge enough to drive 450 km. It takes 35 minutes to charge the battery from 10 to 80% with a 150kW fast charger. The total power will be 201 hp. Also, SE Long Range models will get the MG grille damper system, which adjusts airflow to suit the vehicle's requirements. MG says this improves aerodynamic efficiency by up to 30% and can increase an EV's range by as much as 10%. Prices for Long Range SE models start at £28,495.
The top MG4 is the SE Trophy Long Range, starting at £31,495. MG claims a range of 435 km in this configuration, the battery has a capacity of 64 kWh. The electric car will receive an updated version of the MG Pilot system and safety features such as blind spot detection, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. In addition, the package includes a two-tone roof, rear privacy glass, dual rear aerodynamic spoiler, leather interior with electric driver's seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, satellite navigation, 360° camera and wireless phone charging. Full performance data has yet to be revealed, but the 201 hp model is can accelerate to 100 km/h in less than 8 seconds. The maximum speed is 160 km/h.
MG has confirmed that the MSP platform can accommodate all-wheel drive electric powertrains, and further development of the MG 4 with a twin-motor system is under development. The company also says its MSP will enable battery replacement systems and a "service-oriented architecture" will allow vehicles to receive over-the-air updates throughout their lifecycle.