The electric ZS is another example of the engineering rationalisation that’s sweeping through the industry, as belts collectively get tightened and cost savings found. The Chinese-built platform is shared with the combustion-powered models in the range, having been designed from the outset to accommodate electrification.
In this case, that electrification comes in the form of a 44.5kWh lithium ion battery pack (watercooled to better regulate temperature and sustain driving range, with a usable ‘net’ capacity of 42kWh) housed along the floor pan. It drives a 141bhp synchronous electric motor positioned where you would normally find the car’s engine, making this the most powerful ZS that MG currently offers.
As a small crossover designed in the same mould as the Nissan Juke and Hyundai Kona, it should come as no surprise that four-wheel drive is also off the menu. This is the case whichever ZS you opt for, though the electric version does at least get three driving modes with varying levels of regenerative braking. Elsewhere, the architecture is recognisable for the segment and lacks any real innovation, electric or otherwise. There is electrically assisted power steering and MacPherson strut suspension at the front with a torsion beam at the back, above which sits a steel monocoque body.