Morris Garages at their pavilion at the Auto Expo 2020 showcased the MG e200 small electric vehicle. The MG e200 is produced by the SAIC group and is marketed as the Baojun e200 in the international market but, the e200 electric microcar is expected to be introduced in the Indian market under the MG badge and will be positioned as a personal urban commuter vehicle.
On the exterior, the MG e200 that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 featured a dual-tone exterior paint, trapezoidal projector headlight units, an MG logo in the centre which houses the electric charging socket and a layered bumper with black inserts. Coming to the profile of the microcar, the e200 EV features 12-inch machine-finished alloy wheels shod in 145 section tyres, turn indicator integrated Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs) etc. The rear of the car features a tailgate with a limited amount of space and the open tailgate door can be used as a table which has a 100 kgs of loading capacity. The taillights are mounted on the bumper along with the high mounted stoplights that blend with the red element that runs around the fixed rear windshield.
On the interior, the MG e200 gets a dual-tone cabin with multi-layered dashboard, a multifunctional squircle steering wheel, a fully-digital colour driver’s information display, power-window buttons on the door pads, a small stem-like gear selector on the right-hand side of the steering column, push-button start/stop, feather touch air-conditioning controls on the centre of the dashboard, electric park brake etc.
The MG e200 comes with two doors and seats for two people and is just under 2500mm in length. To put things into perspective the Tata Nano which is a small four-seater internal combustion engine car is 3164mm in length. Powering the MG e200 EV is a 40 hp electric motor mated to a 24 kWh battery which provides a claimed range of over 250 km on a single charge and an NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) certified range of over 200 km on a single charge.
The international-spec Baojun e200 comes with a fair level of autonomous driving systems such as self parking and car summon features but these technologies are highly unlikely to come to India, at least in the first phase of its launch. Any further details with regards to its launch and price are scarce at the moment but MG is likely to bring this electric microcar to our country soon at an affordable price tag.