Revised MG6 gets a 10g/km CO2 reduction to 119g/km
MG has dropped the petrol engine and heavily revised the diesel engine in its revised MG6. Fuel consumption has been improved from 57.6mpg to 61.4mpg whilst emissions have dropped from 129g/km to 119g/km of CO2. In addition, the new model has subtle cosmetic revisions, improved interior quality, enhanced specification and mechanical updates. The entry-level price has also been reduced by £3,000 making it a far more attractive proposition.
Externally, the revised model has a tweaked face, the changes being confined to a re-profiled bumper which now incorporate LED day-time running lights and a reworked grille which is flanked by a new-style of headlamp. The grille on the top-level trim is also trimmed in chrome. At the rear, there is a restyled bumper and the exhaust tailpipe ports have been changed. In profile, 16-inch alloy wheels have been fitted as standard across the range.
Inside, the changes are a lot more significant and the company claims that “almost every area of the interior has been enhanced to give even higher levels of comfort and convenience”.
Visual changes have been made to the instrument panel cluster and there is a new seven-inch screen to control the infotainment system. The previous unusually-shaped mechanical handbrake has been completely replaced by a space-saving electronic version.
Under the bonnet, the company has sensibly decided to drop the old petrol unit, and instead has opted to retain but modify the 1.9-litre turbocharged diesel engine. Power out has been maintained at 148bhp, but fuel and efficiency have been improved. Fuel consumption has been decreased from 57.6mpg to 61.4mpg whilst emissions have dropped from 129g/km to 119g/km of CO2. These improvements also translate to better performance, with the 0-62mph sprint being shaved by half-a-second, reducing the time to 8.4-seconds.
Three new trim levels have been introduced: S, TS and TL. MG promises that each level features “key upgrades from the outgoing model”.
Entry-level models now feature heated front seats whilst TS models add part-leather seats, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers and cruise control. The revised infotainment system features a CD player, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity and an App-based navigation system. Top-level models get full-leather seats, bi-xenon headlamps with a cornering function, rear-view camera, dual-zone climate control and electrically adjustable seats.
The Birmingham-based, Chinese-owned company has also taken the sensible decision to reposition the MG6 with its pricing structure too. With an entry-level model starting from £13,995, this represents a drop of £3,000 and pits it more squarely against the smaller Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. Most importantly, it now undercuts other cost-conscious rivals such as the Hyundai i30 and Kia Cee’d. Mid-level TS models start from £16,195 whilst the range-topping TL costs from £17,995.
The MG6 is available to order now.
This article was prepared by our car news team First4Auto
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