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MG4 Australian specs: 51kWh and 64kWh battery sizes confirmed, three models likely


Australian buyers get long range and standard range versions of the MG4, with the electric hatch now pegged to arrive in the second half of 2023

Further details on the makeup of the MG4 electric vehicle range for Australia were confirmed by its manufacturer this evening, with two battery sizes locked in.

Australian buyers of the MG4 will be able to choose between a 50.8kWh-usable battery or a longer-range 61.7kWh-usable battery when the vehicle is released locally.

The Australian release of the MG4 has been delayed somewhat from a previous estimate of mid-2023 to a confirmed second half of 2023 launch. When it arrives, the MG4 will be a rival to the second-generation Hyundai Kona EV, the BYD Atto 3 and the Tesla Model 3.

A fact sheet released to media ahead of the MG4’s local Australian debut this weekend lists three variants for Australia: one shorter-range grade with the 51kWh battery (total size), and two long-range variants with the 64kWh battery (total size).

The variants are abbreviated as the MG4 51 COM, MG4 64 COM and MG4 64 LUX, perhaps hinting at new trim grades of Comfort and Luxury.

Three driving ranges are listed, with the 51kWh Comfort variant listed at 350km, the 64kWh Comfort at 450km and the 64kWh Luxury at 435km, all on the European WLTP protocol. The NEDC column for an Australian range measurement is listed as TBA.

Crucially, the 50.8kWh-usable battery is limited to a peak charging speed of 117kW, promising 37 minute top-ups to an 80 percent state of charge, while the 61.7kWh-usable battery can tolerate quicker 135kW charging, slashing an 80 percent top-up to 34 minutes despite the extra range.

If this indicated Australian MG4 structure does not change before launch, this Australian range appears to closely echo the United Kingdom MG4 lineup, which includes an SE standard range model, plus entry-level SE and upmarket Trophy trims for the long-range battery.

In the UK, the entry-level trim packs a 10.25-inch touchscreen, MG Pilot semi-autonomous driving features and a seven-inch digital display, while the high-spec variant adds satellite navigation, heated front seats, a 360-degree camera, and device-as-key functionality.

Final Australian specs or prices have not yet been locked in, but MG has confirmed that these will be released closer to the spring or summer Australian release date for the MG4.