MG Comet India production begins ahead of April 19 debut

    The Comet EV will be aimed squarely at the Tiago EV and go on sale by May this year.

    Published On Apr 13, 2023 06:44:00 PM

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    MG Motor India has announced that it has commenced series production of its upcoming Comet EV that will go on sale this May. MG will unveil the India-spec Comet EV on April 19 and bookings could commence on the same day. The MG Comet EV will be the brand's smallest electric car in India and will be aimed at buyers looking for a city EV with a small footprint.

    • Comet EV India production begins
    • Underpinned by GSEV platform
    • Annual production target of around 25,000 units

    MG Comet sits on GSEV born EV platform

    The first made-in-India MG Comet EV has rolled out from the carmaker's Halol facility. The company has also confirmed that the Comet EV sits on the GSEV born electric platform that underpins quite a few city-specific EVs globally – over one million GSEV-based vehicles have been sold already. There will also be an EV SUV iteration of the Comet – called the Baojun Yep – that will be based on the same platform with boxy proportions and high ground clearance. This will go on sale in India sometime in 2025.

    MG Motor India also says that the platform comes with a solid steel frame with 17 hot stamping panels spread across the Comet’s body-in-white.

    MG Comet EV India production plan, delivery details

    Sources tell us that MG Motor has set a production target of around 25,000 units a year for the Comet, which translates to around 2,000 units a month. Deliveries for the Comet are expected to start by late May, according to dealer sources.

    MG Comet EV interior and features

    On the inside, the Comet gets dual 10.25-inch floating screens – one for the infotainment, another for the digital instrument display. The Comet also gets a two-spoke steering wheel with Apple iPod inspired controls, and physical rotary dials for the HVAC. The Comet will come with connected car features, electric parking brake, hill-start assist, keyless entry and go, drive modes, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and voice commands, among others.

    MG Comet EV powertrain and range

    While not officially announced yet, the Comet EV is expected to be powered by a 20kWh battery, which will be locally sourced from Tata AutoComp, with a power output of around 45hp. Our sources tell us that this could give the Comet EV a driving range of up to 250km.

    MG Comet EV expected price, rivals, launch timeline  

    Upon launch, the Coemt will compete 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) in the electric hatchback segment. It will be assembled in India and MG plans to give it over 60 percent localisation to make it as competitive as possible. We expect the Comet EV to be priced between Rs 10 lakh-12 lakh, ex-showroom.

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