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Chinese-owned British carmaker MG Motor is set to launch its first ever car in India in the form of the all-new Hector SUV. Now a new report by Autocar India has revealed details about the new SUV's hybrid variant that will also arrive alongside the regular petrol and diesel models.
According to the publication's report, the MG Hector hybrid will make use of a 48V mild-hybrid setup when it arrives in India. The mild-hybrid system will be paired with the SUV's 1.5-litre petrol engine which is expected to produce 141bhp.
Autocar India claims that the 48V mild hybrid setup will provide up to 20Nm of additional torque to the powertrain in low-speed situations. This will help the Hector counter the lag from the turbocharged powerplant and allow for better acceleration, especially in stop-go city traffic. The MG Hector is expected to launch in India in the second half of 2019 and when it arrives the SUV will be the most afforable 48V mild hybrid vehicle in the country.
Autocar also claims that the new mild hybrid setup will offer 12 per cent more fuel efficient compared to the regular petrol-powered SUV. The increased efficiency is helped along by an automatic engine stop-start setup which switches the engine off when the car is idling in order to save petrol.
The mild-hybrid setup charges its battery pack with the help of regenerative braking. This means every time you slow the SUV down, the kinetic energy of the Hector Hybrid will be used to charge the battery pack back up again.
The publication claims that the mild-hybrid variant of the all-new MG Hector will undercut the price of the diesel variant when it arrives on Indian roads. This is due to the fact that new BS-VI emission norms are expected to raise the price gap between petrol and diesel versions of the same car by up to Rs 1.5 lakh. The diesel engine on the new MG Hector will be the FCA-sourced 2.0-litre turbocharged powerplant. The same engine can also be seen under the bonnets of many of the MG Hector's rivals like the Jeep Compass and the Tata Harrier.