The electric vehicle segment has seen much activity in the recent times. The entry of Tesla in India was a great milestone in the electric vehicle department of India. New EVs like Hyundai Kona, MG ZS EV and Tata Nexon EV have only made the competition tougher. Though the charging network is not the best in India, the government is consistently making efforts to encourage EV purchases by special discounts and tax benefits. Kia has also become a major car manufacturer in India especially after the success of Seltos and Sonet. Find out below about the Kia MG ZS EV competition for India 2021
Design and Looks
The Kia Niro EV like its sister brand Hyundai Kona is crossover EV. The concept car was already showcased during the Auto Expo 2020. During the Auto show, Kia claimed a total range of 450kms with the new EV. The concept car had swept-back headlight cluster with big projector LEDs, typical EV front bumper without any grille and LED DRLs on the lower part. The Tiger Nose grille is present here but is completely covered up. The charging point is also located on the front grille of the car. Both AC and DC charging is supported by the SUV.
Features and Interior
Front parking sensors were present on the concept car shown during the Auto Expo 2020. You also get 17-inch alloy wheels with the car with Eco tires from Michellin. The silver finish roof rails and shark fin antenna on the car also look pretty. The overall dimensions of the Kia Niro are also expected to be slightly better than the Hyundai Kona. A massive rear spoiler was also present on the concept car which may not be available with the production variant.
Fast charging option is also present with this car. The DC charger is claimed to charge the battery by 80% in 54 minutes. Similar interior elements like the Hyundai Kona can be seen on the interiors of the car. However, Kia has provided many unique features and like the Sonet may also introduce segment-first features with the new Niro.
Motor and Performance
The Kia Niro is available with two electric motor/battery options. Similar to its competition Hyundai Kona, the lower end Kia Niro comes with a 39.2kWh battery with a 136bhp electric motor. The more expensive variants of the Niro EV come with a 64kWh battery and a more powerful 104bhp power. More about Kia MG ZS EV competition for India 2021 below.
The Kia Niro EV is also 4375mm long which is quite advantageous. The 2021 MG ZS EV was also recently launched with minor cosmetic and drastic interior updates. Priced between Rs. 20.99 lakh to Rs. 24.18 lakh, the MG ZS EV comes with a 44.5kWh battery pack. The electric motor is capable of producing 141bhp and 350Nm of torque along with 420kms of claimed range.
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