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MG announced on Oct 11, 2002 an enhanced performance diesel powered MG ZT saloon and MG ZT-T estate car.  The ZT/ZT-T 135 CDTi offers increased levels of power and torque over the recently launched ZT CDTi, with power rising from 116Ps to 131Ps and torque from 260 to 300Nm.

 

Appealing to the sports orientated motorist who requires high levels of fuel economy, the MG ZT/ZT-T 135 CDTi diesels have competitive levels of performance.  The saloon 135 CDTi is capable of 0-60mph in 10.3 secs (11.0 for the regular CDTi), 30-50mph (4th gear) in 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 120mph.  In terms of economy the ZT 135 CDTi has an official Combined figure of 48.8mpg – the same as the ZT CDTi.

 

FAST WARM-UP

 

With winter looming, Rover has introduced for ATC equipped diesel-powered 75 Saloon and Tourer models an optional parking heater.  Activated by a timer control or instantly by a long-range remote control plip, the parking heater is designed for cold days when de-iced windows and a warmed interior can make for a comfortable and safe start to a journey.

 

The timer control unit, sited within the centre armrest, can be programmed to warm the car interior with three-programmable switch-on times and a fixed 30-minute heating cycle.  Alternatively, the remote control can operate the parking heater to either override the timer or activate additional operation times of up to 60 minutes, from a range of up to 600 metres.

 

The parking heater system, when activated, enables both the fuel-burning heater and the car’s heating and ventilation system to function independently of the ignition, with heated coolant pumped around the engine and circulated in the cabin.

 

Tests carried out in Scandinavia, with temperatures below –32oC, showed the parking heater producing an interior level of 24oC, allowing the engine to start with ease and the windows cleared with a single wipe.  Without it several minutes would pass before reaching 0oC when it would become safe to drive.

 

The parking heater option is priced at £400. Below is a differences spec sheet. Dor the base CDTi spec see here.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION AND PERFORMANCE

Body, dimensions and weights

 

 

 

 

 

No. of doors/seats

 

    4/5

Length/width/height

m

    4.74/1.97/1.41

Wheelbase

m

    2746

Track, front/rear

mm

    1505

Turning circle

m

    11.36

Fuel tank capacity

ltr

    65

Cooling system including heater

ltr

    7.5

Engine oil

ltr

    5.2

Transmission fluid

ltr

    1.6

Maximum weight, unladen (EC Kerb)

kg

    1535-1620

Maximum permissable axle load – front / rear

kg

    1100/1000

Maximum trailer load braked

kg

    1600

Maximum trailer load unbraked

kg

    750

Maximum roof load/trailer nose weight

kg

    80/100

Luggage comp capacity

ltr

    432

Drag coefficient

cd

    0.32

 

 

 

Engine

 

 

 

 

 

Configuration/no. of cylinders/valves

 

    Transverse in-line/ 4 / 16 valve

Engine management

 

    Siemens

Displacement, effective

cc

    1951

Bore/stroke

mm

    84.0x88.0

Compression ratio/fuel grade

:1

    18.0

Maximum output

Ps/kW

    131/96

Maximum output at engine speed

rpm

    4000

Maximum torque

Nm/lb ft

    300/221

Maximum torque at engine speed

rpm

    1900

 

 

 

Electrics

 

 

 

 

 

Battery

Ah/-

    75

Alternator

Amp

    115

 

 

 

Chassis

 

 

 

 

 

Brakes, front

 

    Pin slider calipers with ventilated discs

Diameter

mm

    284

Brakes, rear

 

    Pin slider calipers

Diameter

mm

    280

Steering

 

    PAS / rack & pinion

Turns lock to lock

 

    2.95

 

 

 

Transmission/Power

 

 

 

 

 

Type of transmission

 

    Five speed manual

Transmission ratio

 

    Manual

    Automatic

 

1:1

    3.577

    3.801

 

II:1

    2.022

    2.131

 

III:1

    1.292

    1.364

 

IV:1

    0.919

    0.935

 

V:1

    0.686

    0.685

 

R:1

    3.308

    2.970

Final drive ratio

 

    3.737

    3.450

Tyres & wheels

 

    7.5J x 18" Alloy Wheels

    225/45 R18 tyres

    Spare: Instant Tyre Repair canister

    Optional space-saver and alloy spare wheels available

 

 

 

Suspension

 

 

 

 

 

Front suspension

 

    MacPherson struts with gas filled dampers and rear-facing ‘L’ shaped lower arms, mounted on a peripheral subframe. Anti-dive geometry.

Rear suspension

 

    Z-axle with coil springs, gas filled dampers. Anti squat geometry.

    Optional sports suspension pack with up-rated springs and dampers.

 
These specifications are for the UK market only. Deviations from the model variant described here are possible in various markets.