Should MG launch Marvel R in India too?
Although the MG ZS EV cannot be considered “too old” just yet, it lacks the oomph factor that is crucial in order to survive the huge wave of new EVs coming up, especially when you talk about European markets. Which is probably why SAIC is introducing another MG-branded electric SUV in Europe later this year. The MG Marvel R originally debuted as Roewe Marvel R in 2020, and since the MG brand is native to Europe, SAIC has made a sensible decision.
Indeed, the Marvel R looks a lot more contemporary compared to the ZS EV. It is larger than the ZS too, measuring 4,674 mm long, 1,919 mm wide and 1,618 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,800 mm. Its front fascia reminds me of something from NIO while at the rear, the taillights remind me of Audis.
The cabin appears equally stylish with various shapes, swoops and whatnot. The dashboard is dominated by a portrait-style 19.4-inch touchscreen. The driver gets their own 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. The SUV will also feature active safety systems branded as MG Pilot.
Total luggage capacity is claimed to be 1,396 litres (when the rear seat is folded down). The RWD model offers 150 litres more under the hood — also known as a frunk.
For Europe, the MG Marvel R will be available in dual-motor RWD and tri-motor AWD configurations. The combined outputs in AWD are estimated to be 212 kW (288 metric hp) and 665 Nm (490 lb-ft) of torque. A 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is claimed to be 4.9 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 200 km/h (124 mph).
The RWD offers 132 kW (180 metric hp) and 410 Nm (302 lb-ft) of torque, and a 0-100 km/h time of 7.9 seconds, which is not bad either. Both variants get a 70 kWh battery pack, with claimed WLTP ranges of up to 370 km (230 mi) and 402 km (250 mi), respectively.
With DC fast-charging, the battery pack is claimed to get to 80% SoC in 30 minutes. The Marvel R also boasts a V2L system (vehicle-to-load), which can supply power for external use. The electric SUV’s towing capacity is claimed to be 750 kg (1,653 lbs).
Update: Prices range between €40,000 and €50,000 (including VAT).