Morris Garages will be recalling 14,000 Hector SUVs equipped with DCT automatic transmission because they have failed CoP or Conformity of Productions tests. The issue was found only with the BS6 Hector. The manufacturer has already found the issue and it is a software glitch. So, it can be simply fixed by reflashing the software.
MG has said that they will be getting the formal approval from the concerned authority soon. The manufacturer will contact the customers whose SUVs are affected. The new software will be flashed whenever the customer brings his vehicle to the service centre. The process of software reflashing on all the vehicles will be done by December 2021 if the covid permits. The information was shared by a spokesperson.
The CoP test found that the Hydrocarbons and NOx that is emitted by the exhaust was not consistent and the values were varying. The tests were done by International Centre for Automotive Technology (iCAT) at Manesar, Haryana. The sample SUVs were taken from MG’s factory. The issue was found with the software, “It was found that there is some problem with the software. This problem can be fixed” a source of Times Of India said.
The CoP test is the evidence that the product is being produced as per the performance, specification and other requirements that have been mentioned in the approved document. CoP is an essential part of the homologation process.
The MG’s spokesperson said, “During latest test, it was found that DCT BS6 had some variations in HC – NOx value. We investigated and found that there was some problem with particular software and we found the solution which has been verified by the authority.”
The Hector was the first vehicle to get launched in the Indian market by Morris Garages. It has been the most successful product for the manufacturer. It helped put the new manufacturer on the radar of the Indian people.
Engine and gearbox
The Hector is offered with petrol as well as a diesel engine. The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre unit that is turbocharged. It produces 143 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. There are three transmission options to choose from. As standard, you get a 6-speed manual gearbox, you can get a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox or an 8-speed CVT automatic gearbox.
There is also a mild-hybrid version of the petrol engine. It comes with a 48V battery that provides, E-boost, regenerative braking and engine idle start/stop system. So, it helps in saving some fuel and increasing fuel economy. You can only get the hybrid variant with the manual gearbox.
Then there is the 2.0-litre diesel engine. It produces 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. It comes only with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Price and competitors
The Hector starts at Rs. 13.49 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 19.20 lakhs ex-showroom. The Hector compete against the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Skoda Kushaq and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun.