More electric vehicles are coming to the market this year that may add to the queue of rivals wanting to knock Tesla off as EV industry leader.
MG 4 EV
The new MG 4 EV, an electric hatchback competitor to models like the Volkswagen ID3 and Citroen e-C4, was just unveiled by MG. It is constructed on an entirely new platform and is positioned below the MG 5 estate car in the brand's lineup. Sales will begin in September 2022.
Compared to the more spacious MG 5 estate, the new MG 4 EV is unquestionably more exciting to look at. There are some angular headlamps and an aggressive bumper design on the front end. In addition, there are some substantial side skirts that contrast with the body colour, a two-part rear spoiler, a full-width rear light bar, and some LED brake lights.
Batteries and motors
The new MG 4 EV will be available with a rear-wheel-drive configuration with a single motor. You can choose between a 51kWh or a 64kWh battery at launch. The smaller model has a range of 218 miles, which is about equivalent to the MG 5 Estate's range, while the larger model has a range of 281 miles.
Comparatively to other MG models, the inside of the new MG 4 EV appears more contemporary. Over a floating centre console, a sizable central infotainment screen is visible. The traditional analogue dials have been replaced by a digital driver's display.
Price and release date
The new MG 4 EV is going to debut in September this year. It’ll almost certainly be cheaper than the MG 5 electric estate car, so expect to pay from around US$30k.
Citroen e-C4 X
It shares many components with the newly unveiled Peugeot 408, and it sits in the French automaker's lineup between the top-tier C5 X and the slightly less svelte C4 SUV.
The new Citroen e-C4 X is a cross between a hatchback and SUV. Its front end is comparable to that of the ornate C4, but its side profile is significantly sleeker. It almost seems like the roof of a four-door coupe was hacked off and bolted to the top of the C4 SUV's high ride. Along with fully new brake lights, a new rear bumper, and a new, more pronounced boot, this new "X" model also adds these features to the C4 lineup. Although the new design is undoubtedly more simple than the back of the standard car, it is not enough to offer the e-C4 X an advantage over more stylish EVs.
The front seats of the new Citroen e-C4 X are similar to those of the conventional C4. The same wide central infotainment screen, digital driver's display, and straightforward dashboard layout are included. There are also a few tactile controls for the heating and air conditioning. More headroom is available in the back, and the new car's enhanced sleekness was achieved by extending the rear windscreen rather than by lowering the roof directly. The new e-C4 X has a substantially larger boot than the conventional C4 with 510 litres, which is another effect of this alteration.
Battery and range
The new Citroen e-C4 X will only be offered as a battery-powered vehicle. This indicates that a 50kWh battery pack that can be quickly charged at 100kW public chargers is included as standard equipment. That is the same as the Citroen e-C4 electric vehicle standard model. One of these will increase your range from 10% to 80% full in around 30 minutes. It will take between five and seven and a half hours to fully charge using the 11kW onboard charger and a wallbox (depending on the wallbox specs). And for the range, 224 miles are said to be possible if the batteries are fully charged. That is somewhat more than the 217 miles of range that Citroen claims the basic e-C4 has.
Motor and performance
The e-C4 X only comes standard with a single 136 horsepower motor, which can accelerate the vehicle from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 9.7 seconds. Although it's not precisely quick, that should be more than quick enough for driving around town.
Price and release date
Citroen hasn't released a price for the new e-C4 X, but you can anticipate it to be a bit more expensive than the normal model, which costs about US$ 35,000. Sales of the vehicle begin in September 2022.