MG unveiled its all-new Mulan EV in the mid of June 2022. We already told you that Mulan will be MG’s first global EV model which will begin its sales from Europe. And now according to the latest information, the Mulan will be sold as MG4 in European markets.
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The MG4 EV is currently undergoing a final, 120,000 km endurance test under various conditions in Europe. Camouflaged test mules were seen testing in most parts of Europe. It’s the first MG model for Europe to be based on the MSP (Modular Scalable Platform) for battery-powered vehicles, which has been developed by parent company SAIC Motor.
Camouflaged test mules of MG Mulan (MG4 EV) testing in different parts of Europe
The intelligent, modular architecture offers many benefits in terms of flexibility, use of space, safety, driving experience, weight saving, and advanced technologies. Its scalable design is suitable for wheelbases ranging from 2,650 to 3,100 mm, which allows designing various body styles for different segments on the same platform, varying from hatchback and notchback saloons to SUVs and vans. The Modular Scalable Platform therefore plays an important role in MG’s growth strategy for Europe.
Also unique is the “ONE PACK” innovatively designed battery. With its recumbent battery cell arrangement, the minimum height of the battery can reach to an industry-leading 110 mm and results in a substantial increase in effective space utilization. Coupled with the redesign of the corresponding cooling system, the “ONE PACK” battery offers three major advantages: ultra-high integration, ultra-long life and “zero thermal runaway” safety protection. According to Zhu Jun, Deputy Chief Engineer of SAIC Motor:
“In the “ONE PACK” battery system developed by SAIC Motor, the projection area of all batteries on the Modular Scalable Platform is the same; the connectors related to other components are also the same. Under this design concept, theoretically, batteries ranging from 40 kWh to 150 kWh can be easily achieved. It can meet the energy requirements of the A0 to D class models, providing users with flexible and diverse choices. Users can buy a small battery first, and then replace and upgrade when a longer range is needed.”
Benefiting from the “ONE PACK” battery design, the new MG4 Electric has an edge in its class in terms of interior space, weight and safety. Due to its new architecture, the MG4 EV offers more interior space within the same exterior dimensions. Engineers have also managed to significantly reduce the vehicle weight, which is extremely beneficial for efficiency and handling characteristics.
The MG4 EV
The MSP architecture and related components are also prepared for the implementation of advanced technology. For instance, the system voltage of the highly efficient electronic drive unit, which includes 8-layer hairpin technology and special oil cooling, can be upgraded from 400V to 800V to charge the battery even faster in the future. Furthermore, the powertrain is able to support future BaaS (Battery as a Service) battery swap systems. The integrated service-oriented architecture (SOA) enables vehicles to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates throughout their lifecycle. And last but by no means least: the platform is equipped for Pixel Point Cloud Comprehensive Environment Mapping (PP CEM), which is required for advanced autonomous driving solutions.
The MG4 will get multiple battery options ranging from 51 kWh to up to 64 kWh with driving range from 400km to even 600km depending on the variant. A more powerful 150kw variant with all-wheel-drive is also planned having electric motor mounted at its rear axle which will enable the MG4 to go from 0-100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. The MG4 is expected to be launched in Europe during the fourth quarter of 2022.
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