Recently, IAB learnt that the MG Hector will be available with a mild-hybrid petrol variant that will set the new model apart from all other models in its price range. In line with this, a new report by Autocar reveals several details of the new model.
Reportedly, the petrol mild-hybrid variant will be sold alongside the conventional powertrains. The mild-hybrid powertrain will feature a 48V system that will be paired to a 143 hp 1.5-litre petrol engine. The hybrid setup will offer up to 20 Nm of additional torque at low speeds, which should compensate for the turbo lag and thus, result in a stronger acceleration. The new model will even benefit from a regenerative braking system, which will use the vehicle’s kinetic energy to recharge the 48-volt battery. Finally, the Hector will even get an engine stop-start system that will kill the motor at idle to save fuel.
While the fuel efficiency of the MG Hector isn't known at the moment, it's said that the mild-hybrid variant will be up to 12 per cent more frugal than the standard petrol version. With the cost of BSVI-compliant diesel engines slated to be significantly higher than their respective BSIV-compliant iterations, the petrol-hybrid variant of the Hector could actually end up being more affordable than the diesel-powered version. The emissions from the mild-hybrid powertrain will be 12 per cent lower than those of the regular petrol version.
The market launch of the MG Hector will reportedly take place in May-end, while its deliveries should begin by June-end. The new model is expected to go on sale in a price range of INR 15-20 lakh (ex-showroom).
[Source - autocarindia.com]