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Old 3rd February 2020, 12:21   #1
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The MG ZS petrol is expected to price around Rs. 16 lakhs.
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Just a month into 2020 and MG cannot stop making news time and again. While only recently the company was in talks for likely showcasing a sedan, the Gloster SUV and an MPV at the 2020 Auto Expo, the Chinese-owned British company is now considering to offer a petrol alternative to its recently launched EV, the ZS.
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That is pretty stupid pricing, in my view.
  • In most states the EV does not have to pay any road tax so effectively, the ZS petrol will cost almost the same as the EV on road, I am not sure why anyone would buy the petrol when a much more VFM alternative is available at the same price!
  • The Hector, a much larger SUV is available around the same price for petrol models.

I guess they may not have much of a choice, because they are paying 45% GST for the Petrol and 5% of the EV, so effectively they are saving 40% on tax alone on the EV - which is the reason they are able to offer a product like this at 20 lakhs. If normal GST rates prevalent for similar sized petrol or diesel vehicles were applied, the EV would have cost Rs. 29 lakhs ex-showroom.

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That is pretty stupid pricing, in my view.
[list][*]In most states the EV does not have to pay any road tax so effectively, the ZS petrol will cost almost the same as the EV on road, I am not sure why anyone would buy the petrol when a much more VFM alternative is available at the same price!
Main hurdles are the range and the lack of fast charging facilities. These would be why petrol ZS makes sense to lot of people
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Wow! We all know the INR is a cheap currency but if ₹ 16L can just buy a 1.0L Chinese petrol SUV, that's the height of cheapness!! I guess the car buyers have become cannon fodder for the BS 6 norms: the clean exhaust can sure be wallet busting, whether the environment gets cleaner or not, surely the wallet is going to get 'featherweight'. There's going to be a lot of 1.0L turbopetrol's (some good, some bad and some are going to be pretty expensive) in the Indian market, whether we like it or not and we need to learn to swallow the bitter pill of BS 6.

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I have driven the same, MG ZS petrol 1.5 liters here in the UAE. I am disappointed with the performance, driving dynamics as well as the built quality of the car. The interior looks nice, that's about it.

I have noticed that online reviewers aren't pointing out these drawbacks in their reviews on the MG ZS electric, maybe the specification that is being sold in India is different from the one I drove.
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I have driven the same, MG ZS petrol 1.5 liters here in the UAE.
With you on this. The Hector's 1.5L petrol is quite lame + boring + uninspiring. The news source says the petrol ZS might come with a 1.0 turbo-petrol, but I'm not holding my breath for that engine either. Small motor + turbo powering a big SUV usually brings a lot of compromises (turbo lag, fuel economy etc.).

The only good engine that MG has is the borrowed 2.0 diesel from FCA. Now, that one is truly top-class .
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With you on this. The Hector's 1.5L petrol is quite lame + boring + uninspiring.
Well, I agree with you GTO. In comparison to it's diesel sibling, it is weaker. However, not every one looks for fun to drive cars and diesel's have their own set of issues. It also depends on the environment you are living in. For example, Delhi NCR is fast becoming, a non conducive area for diesel. Government regulations and pollution levels do not justify buying diesel here. So it has to be Petrol or electric. Traffic jams here push you to buy an automatic. If we add the road conditions around NCR, a SUV suits more. So, what are you left with. A "Petrol automatic SUV". That is where, I think MG Hector Petrol Auto lies in terms of its product positioning. Although, as a product in total it lags on various parameters.

For rest, Diesel is the king.

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The ZS petrol, if launched at Rs 16 lakhs, will be overkill. Especially when the customer will compare it with the EV.

Even though I didn't like the petrol engine, it'll do fine if jts purely going to be driven in the city. The 1.5 DCT will perform much better on the ZS as compared to the Hector, which has become a surprise hit especially in metros.

Engines and ride handling are going to the key issues that will have to be addressed by MG if it wants to be a long term player.
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MG to launch Petrol ZS SUV by 2021

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Powering the ICE ZS will be a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which generates 111 PS of max power, along with 160 Nm torque, and comes coupled with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. While the ZS EV is claimed to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.5 seconds, its petrol-powered twin would take 12.4 seconds to do the same. MG also claims that the car has a top speed of 180 km/h.
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It's good to see that the ZS will not be coming with the 1.5 petrol, which, to be honest, is a below average engine. Hopefully the turbocharged powertrain will be a much better performer.

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MG ZS facelift launched in UK with a 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 105HP and 175NM. It is paired to a 5-Speed manual gearbox. 0-100 km/hr comes up in 10.4 seconds. Priced from 15,495(14.44 lakhs). Expected to launch in India by next year.

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MG ZS petrol is priced at 8,00,000 Bah in Thailand, which makes about Rs 20 lakh.
Is this really worth 20 lakhs? I mean it looks the same size as a hector to me.
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MG ZS petrol is priced at 8,00,000 Bah in Thailand, which makes about Rs 20 lakh.
Is this really worth 20 lakhs? I mean it looks the same size as a hector to me.
I don't think so the car will be costing more than 20L as the EV variant itself costs 25L OTR Delhi. What I can expect is, it will be priced at 15-17L and with that kind of power it can rival the MS S-Cross.
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I don't think so the car will be costing more than 20L as the EV variant itself costs 25L OTR Delhi. What I can expect is, it will be priced at 15-17L and with that kind of power it can rival the MS S-Cross.
MG EZS Thailand price 11,90,000 Thai Baht = 28,59,841.37 Indian Rupees
MG EZS India price Rs.23.58 Lakh

Difference? 5 Lakhs or 17.5% of Thai Price.

MG ZS Petrol Thailand price 8,00,000 Baht
India Price 8,00,000 - (17.5% of 8,00,000) = 6,60,000 Baht

6,60,000 Baht = 15,86,130.51 Indian Rupee
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I don't think so the car will be costing more than 20L as the EV variant itself costs 25L OTR Delhi. What I can expect is, it will be priced at 15-17L and with that kind of power it can rival the MS S-Cross.
I don't understand why this model would be aiming for the 15-17 lakh price bracket since mg already sells a decent number of the hector and it wouldn't make sense for the ZS.
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