We have known for long now that the petrol engine option planned for the MG Hector is a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit. A new report from Autocar India has revealed the specifications of this engine.
According to the report, the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine of the MG Hector will produce 143 PS and 250 Nm of torque. In comparison, the Jeep Compass’ 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine develops 163 PS and 250 Nm of torque. How the power to weight ratio works out and at what engine speeds the power is delivered are the real questions.
MG will introduce the Hector petrol with a standard 6-speed manual transmission and an optional 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission developed in-house. The latter will come with a Sport mode and paddleshifters. People in the know-how of the development have said that the company has tested it for over 2.6 million kilometres globally.
As for the diesel option, MG will source the 2.0-litre MultiJet II unit from FCA, the same unit that powers the Jeep Compass. This engine will likely have the same tuning as in the Indian-spec Jeep Compass - 173 PS and 350 Nm. There’s no word on the availability of an automatic transmission here.
Noteworthy features of the MG Hector will likely include 10.4-inch portrait-style touchscreen infotainment system, panoramic sunroof, 7-inch driver information display, power adjustable seats, Harman Infinity audio system comprising four speakers, four tweeters and a subwoofer and 360-degree camera.
The MG Hector will go on sale in India in the second quarter of the year (April-June). Prices may start well under INR 15 lakh (ex-showroom).