- The MG Hector will get a hybrid variant.
- It will benefit from a mild-hybrid technology.
- The 2.0-litre petrol engine will be paired to a 48-volt mild-hybrid-system.
- Likely to be priced between Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakh, the MG Hector Hybrid will be the most affordable 48V hybrid car in India.
- The MG Hector hybrid will deliver 12% more mileage than the standard petrol variant.
New Details have emerged about MG Motor India’s highly anticipated SUV Hector that is set to launch in the country in the coming months. While the SUV is said to be available in petrol and diesel options, reports are rife, it could also get a hybrid variant powered by a 48V mild hybrid system. The mild-hybrid system makes sense for the Indian market, keeping in mind the low cost involved in equipping the SUV with a mild hybrid system as opposed to a full-hybrid system.
The 48 volt mild hybrid system will be paired to a 1.5 liter turbo-petrol engine good for top power of 140 bhp. As for the mild hybrid system, it will further increase the torque output by 20Nm at low speeds improving acceleration in stop-start city traffic. Regenerative braking will enable using vehicle’s kinetic energy to recharge the 48-volt battery. In addition to this, there will be an automatic start-stop system that will shut the engine at idle speeds in order to save fuel.
This would result in slightly higher fuel economy as against the standard petrol variant. As per claims, the MG Hector mild-hybrid variant will deliver 12 % additional mileage, making it as frugal as the diesel version. Currently, India does not have too many options as far as mass-market hybrids are concerned. Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the most affordable 48V mild hybrid vehicle in the country which is priced at Rs 43.46 lakh (ex-showroom). MG Hector, on the other hand, is expected to be competitively priced. With this, it would become the most affordable 48V mild hybrid vehicle in the country.
That said, the Mg Hector Hybrid is estimated to be price from Rs 15 lakh onwards. In India, the compact SUV will take on the likes of Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson in the segment. MG Motors’ parent company, SAIC Motor also has plans to bring all-electric eZS SUV, with a claimed range of 428 km, to the Indian market by the end of 2019.