- UPDATE, September 1: 2023 MG 4 electric hatch gets ADR approval
- In the UK, the electric hatch is currently offered in standard and long-range forms, starting from £25,995 (AU$44,190).
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- August 30: MG 4 electric hatch arrives in Australia for testing
UPDATE, September 1: 2023 MG 4 electric hatch gets ADR approval
The 2023 MG 4 electric hatch is one step closer to a local arrival, with government documents revealing it has received Australian Design Rules certification.
The approval follows exclusive images sourced by Wheels of an example testing in Australia earlier this week (see below).
“We can confirm that we are working through the Australian Design Rules process and look forward to hopefully showcasing this model in due course,” said a spokesperson for MG Motor Australia.
The documents have not revealed drivetrain or battery details for the MG 4, however, we’d expect a similar line-up to the United Kingdom locally.
In the UK, the electric hatch is currently offered in standard and long-range forms, starting from £25,995 (AU$44,190).
A dual-motor variant, known as the MG Mulan Triumph Edition in China, was revealed this week, offering hot-hatch performance with 330kW of power and 600Nm of torque.
Stay tuned to Wheels for the latest information on the 2023 MG 4 electric hatch.
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August 30: MG 4 electric hatch arrives in Australia for testing
The MG 4 electric hatch has arrived on Australian soil for testing, with hopes it will launch locally early next year.
The new EV will drop into the Chinese marque’s current range of models below the ZS SUV and above the MG3 city-sized hatchback.
Exclusive images obtained by Wheels show the MG 4 arriving in Australia, where it is understood to be undergoing testing against local conditions, as well as homologation and conversion to right-hand-drive.
The MG 4 is still to be officially confirmed for an Australian launch, although the company’s local arm has previously revealed it is evaluating the model and hopes to bring it here by early 2023.
A spokesperson told us: “The MG 4 remains very firmly in our sights for Australia, although timing for its arrival will be announced in due course.”
Revealed for Europe earlier this year, the new 2023 MG 4 electric vehicle is on sale for the equivalent of just over $45,000 in Australian dollars. By comparison, the MG ZS EV currently offered in Australia is priced from $46,990 drive-away for the entry-level Excite and $49,990 drive-away for the top-shelf Essence.
Underpinned by MG’s new Modular Scalable Platform (MSP), the MG 4 will be available for European buyers with a choice of two floor-mounted, 110 millimetre tall battery packs –either a 51kWh or 64kWh unit, capable of delivering up to 350 or 450 kilometres of driving range respectively.
While the 51kWh-equipped MG 4 delivers 125kW to the rear wheels through its electric motor, the larger 64kWh battery allows for up to 150kW, enabling a 0-100km/h time of under eight seconds with a limited top speed of 160km/h.
It rides on a 2705mm wheelbase, which compares favourably to the ZS EV’s 2585mm footprint, although its overall length is shorter at 4287mm versus the ZS EV’s 4314mm.
Interior comfort should be better than in the ZS EV, however, thanks not only to the longer wheelbase but also to its slightly wider design – 1836mm versus 1809mm.
According to AutoExpress, the MG 4 range will be expanded with a new dual-motor performance flagship version in around six months’ time