In Standard Range the ZS EV can cover almost 200-miles on a full charge

MG Motors has doubled the size of its electric ZS Sport Utility Vehicle line-up at a stroke by introducing a new ‘Standard Range’ variant.

On sale now, and priced from £27,495 after the government’s £1,500 Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) has been applied, the company says the Standard Range “offers even greater value to customers”.

Available in the same trim levels as the Long Range cars – ‘SE’, ‘Trophy’ and ‘Trophy Connect’ – MG says buyers benefit from a £2,000 list price saving by opting for the smaller capacity battery model.

The new entry-point to the ZS EV, total range for the mid-size, five-seat vehicle is quoted at 198-miles thanks to a battery that is 6.6kWh larger than the old ZS.

With total capacity upped from 44.5kWh to 51.1kWh, this has allowed engineers to free up an additional 35-miles of real-world range. Using a 100kW rapid charger, Standard Range versions can be charged from 10% to 80% in under 40 minutes.

Interestingly, both the Standard and Long Range versions are propelled by the exact same e-motor, except this has a higher power rating in the former at 173bhp compared to 154bhp.

MG says the Standard Range model can hit 60mph in eight seconds, while the Long Range variant takes an extra two-tenths of a second.  Top speed in both is identical, though, at 108mph.

MG Motor UK Commercial Director, Guy Pigounakis, said: “MG is already the go-to choice for customers looking to buy a great quality, well-equipped and terrific value electric cars, but the new Standard Range ZS EV takes that offering to new levels.

The first deliveries of Standard Range cars are due to arrive in the UK this month.

“The Plug-in Car Grant may have been reduced, but MGs commitment to delivering great value, world class EVs certainly hasn’t – the ZS EV offers unrivalled specification, range and performance for the money.”

MG Motors currently sells six models in the UK, including three plug-in cars – the New MG ZS EV, the New MG5 EV and MG HS Plug-in Hybrid – with these all coming with a 7-year manufacturer’s warranty.

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