MG Comet debuts in India as a sub-US$10,000 electric vehicle
Electric vehicles are getting more popular and economical by the day, a trend that has just received a further shot in the arm from the MG Comet. Then again, thrifty Indian consumers may be advised that the new little car's "no-nonsense" approach to modern-day transport still comes at a cost in some very real-life ways.
The MG Comet might start at no more than INR 798,000 (~US$9,768); however, for that, the buyer gets something that looks like an AI's answer to the prompt 'Fiat 500 but cuboid' (however "‘gram worthy" MG claims it to be).
The resulting shape manifests itself in a wheelbase of ~2 meters (m) and a turning circle of just 4.2m. Nevertheless, MG asserts that it can seat 4 people comfortably, despite a total volume of ~7.34m3). Then again, the Comet boasts dual infotainment displays, 1 of which is found behind its "leather" steering-wheel equipped with "audio controls".
Nevertheless, that can barely detract from the budget e-car's 17.3kWh battery that outputs no more than 40 horsepower and 110Nm of torque. It is rated to last for up to 143 miles (230km) per charge, which takes 7 hours in total (or 5.5 hours for 80%) via a 3.3 kW type-2 input.
Finally, while the Comet has front and rear suspension, its wheels are just 12 inches in size - smaller than those of many e-bikes. Therefore, unless a buyer wants a very compact car for very short or urban trips, they might not find quite all they need in the new MG car.