It’s no secret that diesel engine options are necessary for any carmaker looking to succeed in the European market, even more so in mainstream segments.
Chinese-owned MG has been building and selling its MG6 in the UK since last summer, but up until now, it only offered a petrol engine in a category that’s dominated by diesels, which in some models, make up for more than 80 percent of sales.
That’s about to change as MG has announced the addition of a new 1.9-liter DTi-TECH turbo diesel, the first of its kind from the British firm’s parent company SAIC Motor.
The four-cylinder oil-burner delivers an output of 148bhp (150PS) and peak torque of 258 lb-ft (350Nm) at 1,800rpm, and is connected to a six-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels.
MG quotes a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 8.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 120mph (193km/h), along with fuel economy numbers of 46.1 mpg UK (6.2 l/km) Urban, 59.0 mpg UK (4.8l/km) Extra Urban and 53.5 mpg UK (5.3 l/km) Combined, and CO2 emissions of 139g/100km.
There are three grades for the liftback (S, SE and TSE) and a single trim level for the sedan body (Magnette), with prices starting at £16,995.
Standard features on all models include ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Stability Control System (SCS), Hill Hold, electronically controlled air conditioning, electric windows all round and ICE consisting of radio, RDS, CD player, MP3, USB and aux-in capability.
On-the-road prices for MG6 DTi-TECH diesel models:
S – £16,995
SE – £18,195
TSE – £20,195
Magnette – £21,195