The Comet will be the name of MG Motor’s future compact EV in India, the company has confirmed. Also, this marks the debut of MG’s India-specific model. This is based on sibling brand Wuling’s Air EV and is offered in countries like Indonesia.
About the name, MG claims that it is based on the renowned British aircraft that competed in the 1934 England-Australia MacRobertson Air Race. Continuing the history of names taken from aircraft. The Hector and Gloster SUVs from MG are likewise named after British planes from World War Two.
MG Comet EV Design and Features
The three-door, four-seater Comet will be the smallest four-wheeler for sale in India. Measuring just 2.9m long, making it unlike any hatchback we’ve ever had in India. The internal packaging, though, won’t be quite as cramped because of the electric skateboard’s architecture, relatively large 2,010mm wheelbase, and boxy shape.
The Indian-spec Comet EV shares an exact aesthetic with the model offered in Indonesia. It features a long, stubby snout, a wraparound strip under the windscreen with LED lighting components that end in the wing mirrors, and a two-tone front fascia. While the rear end has been created to resemble the front fascia. The small wheels that have been pushed to the borders and the asymmetrical window line with dual-tone paint finish stand out in profile.
Its small size suggests that it will be marketed as a low-cost vehicle, but this is not the case. We expect it to be priced in the Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom) range, positioned as a premium intra-city runabout for which MG will not skimp on features.
Although MG has not yet released interior images. We anticipate the main talking point to be a dual-screen infotainment system comprised of two 10.25-inch screens,similar to the XUV700 or even some Mercedes models. Other premium features expected include connected car technology, dual-tone interiors with high-quality materials, voice commands, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A sunroof is also possible.
MG Comet EV rivals and launch timeline
The Comet is expected to hit the market in mid-2023, competing in the electric hatchback segment with the Tata Tiago EV (Rs 8.69 lakh-11.99 lakh) and the recently launched Citroen eC3 (Rs 11.50 lakh-12.43 lakh). The MG Comet EV will be assembled in India, and MG intends to localize it by more than 60% to make it as competitive as possible.
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