The MG Hector SUV will directly rival the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier.
MG Motor, a subsidiary of the Chinese SAIC Motor, is all set to commence its Indian operations with the all-new MG Hector 5-seater premium SUV. The company has announced that the Hector will come with 75% locally sourced components that hint at its aggressive pricing. Production of the SUV takes place at the company’s Halol plant in Gujarat. The MG Hector has been named after the legendary British biplane ‘Hector’ and “draws inspiration from the noble qualities of the warrior hero of Homer’s Iliad – Prince Hector of Troy”. It pays homage to great British engineering tradition, as a nod to the Royal Hector biplane, used by the Royal Air Force in the 1930s.
MG has already tested the MG Hector SUV a couple of times, showing cold weather testing in Keylong, Spiti and key features. The MG SUV has been spotted several times while testing on Indian roads. Scheduled to be launched around June-July 2019, the Hector is expected to make global debut in April 2019. It is basically the re-engineered Baojun 530, which is already on sale in the Chinese market. Being a premium product, the Hector will be packed with lots of comfort goodies and safety features. The SUV will be available with 2 engine options – a 1.5-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel – with manual and automatic gearbox options. Read: MG Hector – 5 Interesting Facts
MG Hector Key Features
– LED projector headlamps
– Audi-like ‘swiping’ LED indicators
– 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels
– Segment’s largest panoramic sunroof
– 10.4 inch touchscreen infotainment system
– Soft-touch materials
– Leather upholstery Climate control
– 360-degree camera
– Harman Infinity audio system
– Steering-mounted controls
– 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat
– Push-button start
– Keyless entry
– Cruise control
– Tyre pressure monitoring system
– ABS with EBD
– Brake assist
– Four-wheel disc brakes
– Electronic parking brake
– Auto vehicle hold
MG Hector Launch Date
The British carmaker has confirmed that the Hector compact SUV will hit Indian roads in the second quarter of this year. It’s most likely to go on sale in month of June. We will update you as soon as MG Motor India announces its launch date. The company will foray in the Indian market with 45 dealerships across the nation. Early this year, MG Motor conducted several dealer roadshows and dealership experience program. The company recently entered into a partnership with ride sharing and car subscription company – Myles. Under this joint venture, the MG Hector SUV will be available on a subscription basis.
MG Hector Price In India
|Minimum||Rs 15 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 22 lakh|
As mentioned above, the British carmaker aims to achieve 75% localisation with its very first model – Hector. Produced at the carmaker’s Halol facility, the compact SUV is expected to be priced quite competitively. Its prices might start from Rs 15 lakh for the entry-level variant and go up to Rs 22 lakh for the top-spec trim. If launched in this price range, the new MG SUV will give a tough fight to Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and the newly-launched Tata Harrier.
MG Hector Specifications
|Engine||1.5-litre Petrol & 2.0-litre Diesel|
|Power||143bhp & 173bhp|
|Torque||250Nm & 350Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual and automatic|
The MG Hector 5-seater premium SUV will be made available with both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel engine will be carried over from the Jeep Compass. On the other hand, the gasoline version will receive the new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The diesel variants of the SUV will derive power from the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder MultiJet II engine that pushes out a maximum power output of 170bhp of power and 350Nm of torque.
The 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine is capable of producing 143bhp of power and 250Nm of torque. Compared to its direct rivals – Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V and Jeep Compass, the Hector petrol is slightly underpowered. The Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V are powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engines producing 155bhp and 154bhp respectively. On the other hand, the Jeep Compass gets a 1.4-litre, turbocharged petrol engine that pushes out 163bhp and 250Nm of torque. The MG Hector’s petrol engine offers segment-leading 250Nm of torque. Both manual and automatic gearboxes are likely to be on offer. While the FWD (front-wheel-drive) system will come as standard, the top-spec model might exclusively be offered with AWD (all-wheel-drive) configuration. The company might also offer terrain response system with multiple driving modes with the SUV. Read – MG Marvel X Pure Electric SUV Might Come To India
MG Hector Mileage
If the MG Hector will share its diesel powertrain with the Jeep Compass, it will deliver fuel economy around 17kmpl – 18kmpl. The petrol version with 1.5L motor is likely to return mileage around 14kmpl.
MG Hector Exterior
MG’s new premium compact SUV is likely to be the re-engineered Baojun 530 that’s retailed in Chinese market. Upfront of the SUV will carry aggressive design bits such as the signature MG hexagonal grille with blackened treatment and twin-pod LED projector headlamps with Audi-like ‘swiping’ LED indicators. The SUV will also feature sleek LED DRLs (daytime running lights) and wide air intakes. The pronounced wheel arches with 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels will add more to its bold look. The SUV will also get one-piece tail-lamps. Read: MG ZS Compact SUV – 5 Things You Need To Know
With respect to dimensions, the MG Hector measures similar to the Baojun 530. That means, it’s 4,655mm long, 1,835mm wide and 1,760mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,750mm. Its ground clearance might be over 200mm. With such figures, it will be the biggest vehicle in its segment. Though, its width is around 59mm less than the Tata Harrier.
MG Hector Interior
Feature-wise, the MG Hector will be among the most loaded vehicles in its league. Major highlight of the SUV is a massive dual-pane panoramic glass sunroof (1460mm X 832mm) offering a bigger aperture and larger glass expanse. The lower trims of the SUV, however, will come with the single sunroof. Besides this, the Hector gets the portrait-oriented 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is largest ever offered on any vehicle in India. This unit is likely to support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app. The 3-layered dashboard with soft touch materials and leather seats with contrasting stitches add more to its premium feel and appeal. Read – MG Motor To Launch 2 New SUVs This Year
For entertainment purpose, there could be a Harman Infinity audio system with four speakers, four tweeters and a subwoofer. It might also get a 360-degree camera. The list of features will also include 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry and push-button start. The entry-level variant will get dual airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) and brake assist as standard safety features. The electronic parking brake with auto vehicle hold, multiple airbags, reverse parking camera, traction control and tyre pressure monitoring system could be reserved for the range-topping trim.
Related Video – MG Hector Preview
MG Hector Preview
MG Hector will be the first model from the British carmaker in India. The SUV will offer largest dual-pane panoramic sunroof along with several high-end features. It will come with both petrol and diesel engine options.