Can the electric hatchback MG Mulan take on the Cupra Born and the Volkswagen ID.3? Long range and sports car-like 0-100 km/h time for Chinese electric vehicles – Car News

MG is stepping up its plans for global dominance with a sporty new electric hatchback that will change perceptions of the Chinese brand.

The Mulan crossover hatchback is MG’s first truly global car, according to the company, and it’ll pack a powerful punch with a healthy range.

The good news is that it looks like the Mulan will eventually be offered here, with a spokesman for MG Motor Australia confirming the approximate timing.

“We are currently reviewing the MG Mulan for the Australian market and are looking at different variants. It is unlikely that we will see this model before H1 2023.”

The Mulan name is familiar to people in China, but the model was formerly supposed to be called the MG4 and would sit above the popular but aging MG3 light hatch. CarsGuide understands it may take on a different nickname in Australia, but it’s unclear what that will be.

Freshly released images show an aggressively styled, smaller model with large front air intakes, wedge-shaped headlights, a sporty sloping roofline, slightly raised ride height and pinched taillights that are very reminiscent of the Hyundai i20 hot hatch.

A split rear spoiler, a rear diffuser and large sporty wheels indicate the sporty potential of the Mulan.

MG is pitching the Mulan as a sporty rival for Cupra Born, but there will also be more sensible versions that will compete with related Volkswagen products like the ID.3 hatch, as well as the Renault Megane E-Tech.

According to MG, the twin-engine version of the Mulan can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds, which is just a few tenths of a second behind the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan.

The rear-wheel drive Mulan will use five-link rear suspension and will have a turning circle of 5.3 meters, while MG claims a 50:50 weight distribution.

It’s underpinned by MG’s new Nebula EV platform with its One Pack battery packs ranging from 51 to 64 kWh. The Chinese giant has also highlighted how small the battery pack is, measuring just 110mm thin for the smallest capacity unit.

The driving range extends from around 400 km for the smallest to 600 km for the largest.

At 4287mm long and with a wheelbase of 2705mm, the Mulan is slightly shorter than the Cupra Born.

After a debut in its home Chinese market, the MG Mulan will be offered in parts of Europe later this year. It’s unclear if it will be offered in Australia, but MG Motor Australia has been contacted for comment.

MG already offers the ZS EV SUV in Australia, as well as the HS plug-in hybrid, so it’s not far-fetched to think the Mulan would eventually make it Down Under.

Local MG executives have been talking about a future Corolla-sized electric hatch that could undercut the ZS EV’s price (starting at $46,990), and it’s looking like the entry-level versions of the Mulan might fit that description.

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