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MG Marvel R 2022: electric midsize SUV gets $62K pricing in Europe

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

Dual and tri-motor sports SUV to compete against Volvo’s XC40 Recharge, Hyundai Kona Electric and Mazda’s MX30


MG has confirmed European pricing for its hot electric Marvel R SUV, starting at €39,990 (AUD$62,829 as of October 2021) for the Comfort trim and a further €47,990 (AUD$75,410) for the range topping Performance model ahead of a possible Australian launch announcement. 

The largest vehicle in MG’s range, the midsize Marvel R SUV measures 4674mm long, 1919mm wide and 1618mm tall with a wheelbase of 2800mm.

MG Marvel R charging
The MG Marvel R is the largest MG in the range.

That’s 100mm longer than the MG HS SUV and 74mm longer than a Toyota RAV4. The Marvel R is also wider than the 1876mm MG HS and 1855mm RAV4. 

Available in three variants, including Comfort, Luxury and Performance, the MG Marvel R is designed to cater for a multitude of consumers. 

The Comfort and Luxury variants receive a dual motor, rear-wheel drive fully electric powertrain which produces 132kW of power and 410Nm of torque

Sitting at the top of the Marvel R line, the tri-motor variant utilises two rear motors and one front motor for strongly rear-biased torque.

MG Marvel R platform
Three motors help power the Performance variant to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds.

The tri-motor Performance variant pushes outputs to 212kW of power and 665Nm of torque, which will help propel the car to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to ‘just’ 200km/h.

For reference, the upcoming petrol-powered Volkswagen Tiguan R is expected to produce more power (235kW) but far less torque (420Nm) than the Marvel R Performance. Volkswagen’s ID 4 GTX midsize electric SUV makes 460Nm from its dual motors.

The Marvel R will offer over 402km (WLTP) of range from its 70kWh battery pack for Comfort and Luxury models – the Performance model will have a range of 370km. 

MG Marvel R boot space
There is plenty of space (1396 litres) with the seats folded.

On the usability side of things, the Marvel R has a total boot capacity of 357 litres which can expand to 1396 litres with the rear seats folded. 

For the rear-wheel drive versions of the car, there will be 150 litres of available space in the front trunk or ‘frunk’ as it’s now called. 

Interior, safety and standard equipment

In-depth photos of the Marvel R’s interior have been revealed today, alongside the European pricing announcement, with the highlight being the 19.4-inch central touchscreen. A digital cockpit with a 12.3-inch instrument panel is also standard. 

Advanced driver safety systems, named MG Pilot by the brand, include adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assistance, lane keep assist, rear traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, intelligent high beam control and a drowsiness warning system. 

Marvel R touchscreen
The massive 19.4-inch touchscreen will be a highlight of the cabin experience.

Standard equipment includes front and rear LED lights, dual-zone climate control, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels, parking assist, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, leather steering wheel and partial leather upholstery.

Luxury and Performance variants also include a 360 degree camera, ambient interior lighting, heated front seats and a Bose premium audio system. 

The Marvel R also features a V2L system which allows owners to charge or power household items such as a kettle, air pump, laptop or electric scooter via a charging cable. 

MG Marvel R digital dash
A 12.3-inch instrument cluster looks super modern and high tech.

Will the Marvel R come to Australia?

Chasing Cars spoke to MG Australia earlier this year, with a spokesperson saying that the brand would love to bring the Marvel R down under.

Marvel R scooter charging
You can even plug in your electric scooter if you need some extra juice!

“We’re really excited to see the Marvel R electric SUV, and we think Australians would love the performance,” he said.

“At this stage there are no plans to offer these cars in the Australian market, but we’re looking very closely at what’s being done in other MG markets around the globe”.