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MG’s Upcoming Compact EV Is Named After An Iconic 1934 British Airplane And Is A Wuling Air EV-based Product

The Comet EV will be the next all-electric offering from MG in India, which is based on the Wuling Air EV

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  • MG’s upcoming compact EV to be called the Comet EV.

  • It is based on the Wuling Air EV from Indonesia.

  • Could get multiple battery pack options including a 17.3kWh and 26.7kWh pack.

  • Indirect rivals include the PMV Eas-E and Tata Tiago EV, has no direct competitors.

  • Prices are expected to start from around Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom).

  • Expected to be launched sometime later this year.

MG has a knack for naming its vehicles after British airplanes from the early 1900s. Both the Hector and Gloster are inspired by the same, and the carmaker’s upcoming compact, city-friendly EV is no different. Christened the ‘Comet’, the compact EV’s name is derived from a British airplane that dates back to 1934 and is considered a legend that took part in the England-Australia MacRobertson Air Race.

The MG Comet EV is based on the Air EV, the compact three-door Wuling product, which has been spotted testing in the country on previous occasions. With a footprint of just 2,974mm (length), the Comet will undoubtedly be one of the smallest EVs in the market, and just to set a context for reference -- the Tiago EV has a length of 3,769mm. 

Expect multiple powertrain to be offered with the MG Comet EV as the Wuling product is offered with 17.3kWh and 26.7kWh battery pack options in markets abroad. Both are paired to a 40PS electric motor that drives the rear wheels only. The bigger battery pack boasts a claimed range of 300km, while the standard claimed range is 200km.

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On the features front, the MG Comet should get equipment like a touchscreen display, digital driver’s display, connected car technology, and auto AC. Its safety kit could consist of multiple airbags, hill-hold assist, electronic stability control and ABS with EBD.

The launch of the MG Comet should happen sometime later this year and prices could start from around Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom). It won’t have any immediate rivals in the country, but it’ll be considered an alternative to the PMV Eas-E and Tata Tiago EV.

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