MG Hector diesel BS6 launched in India; automatic on the way?

MG Motor India has launched the Hector diesel in BS6 form. The vehicles are yet to hit the showrooms. MG India has made sure that they launch the petrol version much ahead before the norms kick in. This is because the petrol is their in-house motor whereas the diesel is sourced from Fiat. The MG Hector diesel BS6 price in India starts from Rs 13.88 lakh and goes up to Rs 17.73 lakh, ex-showroom. This is an increase by Rs 40,000 over that of the BS4 diesel model. Deliveries are set to begin post the lockdown.

New bits about the MG Hector diesel BS6

The instrument console has now been reworked to add the indicator for the Diesel Exhaust Fluid or commonly called as DEF. It is expected to have a similar quantity like the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier, both of which use the same engine. The Hector’s weight could have slightly increased though there isn’t a confirmation on the same. There is no change in the power or torque output of the MG Hector diesel BS6. This means the 2.0-litre engine still makes 170PS of power and 350Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. There is no automatic as of now, however from what we hear, MG is already working on one. It is not the DCT for sure.

Like Tata used a Hyundai-sourced transmission for the Harrier, MG could also perhaps use its own technology. It remains to be seen which automatic transmission will make its way in the Hector. Among other things, MG will be launching the 6- and 7-seater versions of the Hector this year. These versions are called the Hector Plus. The Hector Plus will take on the new Mahindra XUV500 as well as the Tata Gravitas effectively. While the Mahindra is already there in the market, the Gravitas will come around the same time as the Hector.

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