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New diesel engine for MG6

24/12/12

MG HAS added an advanced diesel engine to its MG6 saloon and hatchback ranges.

The models, which have until now only been available with a 1.8-litre petrol powerplant, use a new 1.9-litre diesel designed and engineered at MG’s Birmingham facility.

Pushing out 148bhp and 258lb.ft, the new DTi-Tech unit marks a significant step forward in the company’s aim to win more custom in Europe. With a CO2 output of 139g/km the MG6 will be competitive with existing diesel saloons and will now be a far more interesting proposition for company car users.

The engine has been developed with performance and usability in mind, with peak torque available from 1,800rpm and a six-speed gearbox to give better acceleration. Performance is listed as 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds on the way to a 120mph top speed.

MG is determined to push the car’s handling credentials and the new diesel models’ suspension has been retuned to account for the heavier engine and altered weight distribution.

Diesel power will be made available across all trim levels, from S to SE and the flagship TSE. Magnette saloon models come only in TSE guise.

Fuel economy is respectable if not class-leading, with a 53.5mpg tested average rising to almost 60mpg with steady cruising.

The MG6 is comprehensively equipped, however, with even entry-level S models fitted with climate control, electric windows all round, a CD/radio with USB and auxiliary inputs, body-coloured mirrors, front fog lights and a spoiler.

SE models add a simple sat-nav with comprehensive European maps even including Vatican City, according to MG. Buyers also get rear parking sensors, cruise control and a multi-function leather steering wheel.

Dual-zone climate control, a full-colour sat-nav, a rear-view camera and Bluetooth connectivity are highlights of TSE models, which also ride on larger 18-inch alloy wheels.

Prices for the new diesel-powered models start at £16,995 for the S, rising to £21,195 for the Magnette.

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