MG is expanding its range and stepping up its bid to win more fleet and business buyers with the introduction of the first diesel engine with the MG6 DT-TECH.
The British designed and Chinese built 150ps, 1.9-litre four cylinder engine uses common rail direct injection with a variable rate turbocharger and incorporates smart charging and stop-start technology. It is matched to a new six-speed manual gearbox with overdrive to stretch economy to over 53mpg combined.
It gives the MG GT five-door hatchback and Magnette saloon a maximum speed of 120mph and 0-60mph time of 8.9 seconds. The DTI-Tech comes with modifications to the suspension, brakes and steering to cope with the weight and performance difference compared to the petrol TCi-Tech.
The MG6 GT DTI-Tech is available in S-trim from £16,995, SE £18,195 and TSE £20,195 but only one version of the saloon Magnette in top specification is sold at £21,195.
Insurance groups are 14E and 15E. Standard on all is a sophisticated braking system with disc wiping for wet-weather, stability and hill hold controls and inside there's air conditioning, full electric windows, CD with MP3 and USB links while the SE gets satnav, cruise control and parking sensor and leather wheel and the TSE comes with leather upholstery, full colour satnav, rear camera, dual zone climate and Bluetooth as well as 18-inch alloys.
MG expect about 70 per cent of DTI-Tech sales to go to fleets.
You very quickly appreciate the strong pulling power of the new 148bhp, 1.9-litre, turbodiesel engine as soon as you move into second gear. Stir it along through third, fourth and fifth and you have good getaway and overtaking ability. The overdrive ratios on the top three gears also mean the power flows without much noise and on a motorway at the legal limit it is very composed and quiet.
The firmer suspension has not significantly affected the ride quality and I think it is very good with the benefit of variable rate power steering and strong brakes, but the bigger 18-inch alloys did throw up noticeable road noise. While it is a very roomy hatchback, the fastback styling has made it difficult to see out of the rear of the car and you really need the big door mirrors and a reversing camera. Depending on bodystyle, boot space rises to a maximum 1,379-litres and even the Magnette saloon offers a minimum 472-litres. There is a lot of leg, head and shoulder room in the front or back. MG hope to sell up to 1,500 cars next year and judging by the initial impressions of the MG6 DTI-Tech that will be attainable among drivers who do not want to pay excessive amounts for a distinctive and roomy car, and who do not want an automatic.