MG Comet EV launched, priced at Rs 7.98 lakh
MG Motor India has launched its second all-electric car in the market in the form of the Comet, priced at Rs 7.98 lakh (ex-showroom). The Comet is an ultra-compact EV based on a dedicated EV platform, with a 17.3kWh battery that has an ARAI-certified range of 230km. Its dimensions and specs clearly indicate the fact that it is aimed squarely at urban use.
MG Comet EV exterior
Being 2974mm in length and 1505mm in width, MG’s newest EV is the smallest car you will come across on our roads. The car has two doors and weighs 815kg. It gets LED lights all over. At the front, you get a LED strip just above the glowing MG logo which hides the charging port. Below that sits the headlamps and the indicators are housed in the bumpers. The Comet gets the smallest wheels available on any four-wheeler in the country measuring just 12 inches. You get five base colours for the Comet and over 250 different sticker and graphic options to make your car truly unique.
MG Comet EV interior
The Comet EV gets a dual-tone interior with minimalistic styling, but comes packed with plenty of features. Both the instrument cluster and the infotainment system get 10.25-inch screens. The Comet offers wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with an iSmart system that offers over 55 connected features and 100+ voice commands. The infotainment system has the option of adding widgets and three display options that can be fully customised. There are steering-mounted controls as well. And the centre console gets a rotary gear selector and power window buttons. You get a smart start system and Bluetooth key which can be shared with two people. The passenger seat gets a one-touch slide and recline feature. The back follows the same minimalistic styling and seats two people.
MG Comet EV powertrain
The Comet gets a 17.3kWh battery which is IP67-rated for waterproof protection and can be charged fully in seven hours. It is linked to an electric motor on the rear axle that produces 41bhp and 110Nm of torque and provides a claimed range of 230km. MG provides a home charging box with every model and the car can be charged with any 16A socket in your home. MG says the car has gone through 39 stringent tests for vehicle and battery safety crush test, drop test, seawater immersion test, thermal diffusion, and high-altitude test. The car gets three driving modes and three KERS modes.
MG Comet price and rivals
MG has priced the Comet at Rs 7.98 lakh (ex-showroom) and bookings will start on 15th May. The Comet sits in a class of its own at the moment but can be compared with the likes of the Tata Tiago EV and the eC3 from Citroen. The Tata Tiago EV comes with two battery options –19.2kWh and 24kWh and is priced between Rs 8.69 lakh and Rs 11.99 lakh. Citroen offers the biggest battery among the three with a capacity of 29.2kWh and a price tag between Rs 11.50 lakh and Rs 12.43 lakh (ex-showroom). The Comet is certainly a refreshing take on things and it will be interesting to see how the market responds to it!