The MG Hector SUV will directly rival the Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier & Hyundai Tucson.
MG Motors will officially enter into the Indian market this year. The company will launch a 5-seater premium SUV, which is called MG Hector. The SUV will be developed at the brand’s Halol based manufacturing unit. The company claims to have achieved over 75% localisation levels for the SUV, hinting towards an aggressive pricing. The SUV 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”
MG has also released a new video of the MG Hector SUV being tested in cold weather of Keylong, Spiti. The video shows SUV driven through twisty roads in snow clad region. The MG SUV has been spotted several times while testing on Indian roads. It is expected to be based on the Baojun 530 SUV, which is currently on sale in the Chinese market. The SUV will challenge the likes of Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson, Tata Harrier and others in its category. The Hector is expected to be offered in petrol and diesel fuel options. While the diesel engine could be the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre MJD diesel, the petrol version could either receive the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol from MG ZS or Jeep’s 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged unit. Both manual and automatic versions are likely to be on offer. Also See – MG eZS Electric SUV Might Launch In India
MG Hector Launch Date
The company has revealed that the SUV will be launched in the second quarter of 2019. In fact, MG officials have revealed that the SUV will go on sale in June 2019. Bookings for the SUV are likely to commence in May, while deliveries could begin from July onwards. We will update you as soon as MG Motor India reveals anything on the same.
MG Hector Price In India
MG Motor India has confirmed that the Hector SUV will have over 75% localisation, hinting towards aggressive pricing. Set to rival Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson, the 5-seater premium SUV is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 15 lakh – Rs 22 lakh.
MG Hector Specifications
It is expected that the MG Hector SUV will share the 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine with the FCA. This engine churns out a maximum power output of 170bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. The company will also introduce the petrol version of the Hector, though details about the powertrain are still under wraps. The company could also source the 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo petrol engine from the Jeep Compass. While powering the American SUV, this engine produces 162bhp of power and 250Nm of torque.
Some reports claim that MG could use the 1.5-litre direct-injection petrol engine to power the Hector SUV. This engine currently powers the MG ZS SUV, which is on sale in select international markets. This engine is capable of producing 167bhp of power at 5,600rpm and 250Nm of torque between 1,700-4,400rpm. Both manual and automatic versions are likely to be on offer. Front-wheel-drive layout will come as standard, while the top-spec model is likely to receive 4×4 drivetrains. The company might also offer terrain response system with multiple driving modes.
MG Hector Mileage
In Compass, the MJD II diesel engine is claimed to offer an ARAI certified fuel economy of 17.1kmpl. It is expected that the Hector will offer around 17-18kmpl of mileage in diesel and close to 14kmpl in petrol.
MG Hector Exterior
The Hector is expected to be the re-engineered Baojun 530, which is already on sale in Chinese market. The SUV is likely to have MG-like familiar grille instead of the original twin-slat grille. It will have an aggressive front fascia, featuring a hexagonal grille with blackened treatment and twin-pod headlamps with LED daytime running lights. The teaser reveals that the SUV gets a sleek LED indicator that might double up as the daytime running lights. The spy images reveal that the SUV gets aggressive air-intakes, bold character lines and one-piece tail-lamps. The flared wheel arches are likely to be fitted with large 18-inch alloys.
The MG Hector is expected to measure similar to the Baojun 530. The Chinese sibling is 4,655mm, 1,835mm and 1,760mm in length, width and height, respectively. The SUV rides on a wheelbase of 2,750mm, while ground clearance is likely to stand over 200mm.
MG Hector Interior
Inside the cabin, the Hector SUV will get several high-end comfort and convenience features. The SUV will have 3-layered dashboard with soft touch materials, and a large 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system integrated to the central console. The infotainment unit will be compatible with Android AUto, Apple CarPlay and Navigation. The SUV will have the signature all-digital instrument console on a 12.1 screen. Other features likely to include leather seats with contrasting stitches, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, an electronic parking brake, panoramic sunroof, reverse camera, multiple airbags, ESP, start/stop engine button, etc. The SUV will also receive traction control, tyre pressure monitoring system and a 360 degree surround view camera
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