MG Hector is available in 4 trim levels – Style, Super, Smart and Sharp – priced between Rs 12.18 lakh and Rs 16.88 lakh.
MG Motor, a subsidiary of the Chinese SAIC Motor, has finally started its Indian operations with the all-new MG Hector SUV. The MG Hector SUV is available in 4 trim levels – Style, Super, Smart and Sharp – priced between Rs 12.18 lakh and Rs 16.88 lakh. The base diesel variant of the Hector is around 19,000 expensive than the base Tata Harrier. The base variant of the Mahindra XUV500 is available at a price tag of Rs 12.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). In India, the MG Hector stacked up against the Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier and Mahindra XUV500. The carmaker claims that the Hector is the most advanced vehicle in its segment that comes loaded with multiple in-car technology iSmart NEXT Gen, which is developed in partnership with global tech players like Microsoft, Adobe, SAP, Cisco, Nuance, Gaana, TomTom and Unlimit.
MG claims that the iSmart system is one of the most advanced in-car tech systems in India. The Hector is India’s first internet car and MG is the first automobile player in India to introduce Over The Air (OTA) technology to cars that enables customers to receive real-time software, entertainment content and application updates. Being a premium product, the MG Hector comes packed with lots of comfort goodies and safety features. Engine options include a 1.5-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel paired to a manual and an automatic gearbox. Read: MG Hector – 10 Interesting Facts
For people not in the know, the Hector SUV is based on the Baojun 530 SUV which is already on sale in the Chinese market. 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 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 Price In India
|Style Petrol MT||Rs 12.18 lakh|
|Super Petrol MT||Rs 12.98 lakh|
|Super Petrol Hybrid MT||Rs 13.58 lakh|
|Smart Petrol Hybrid MT||Rs 14.68 lakh|
|Sharp Petrol Hybrid MT||Rs 15.88 lakh|
|Smart Petrol DCT||Rs 15.28 lakh|
|Sharp Petrol DCT||Rs 16.78 lakh|
|Style Diesel MT||Rs 13.18 lakh|
|Super Diesel MT||Rs 14.18 lakh|
|Smart Diesel MT||Rs 15.48 lakh|
|Sharp Diesel MT||Rs 16.88 lakh|
SAIC’s Halol based plant in Gujarat serves as production hub for the all-new Hector SUV. The carmaker’s first product in India has localised components up to 75 per cent. This has helped the automaker to price the Hector competitively against Tata’s Harrier and Jeep’s Compass. The SUV lineup is spread across four trims – Style, Super, Smart and Sharp – and in total of 11 variants. The MG Hector petrol range is priced between Rs 12.18 lakh and Rs 16.78 lakh, while the diesel prices start at Rs 13.18 lakh and goes up to Rs 16.88 lakh for the top-spec model.
MG Hector Specifications
|Engine||1.5-litre Petrol & 2.0-litre Diesel|
|Power||143bhp & 173bhp|
|Torque||250Nm & 350Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual and automatic|
As mentioned above, the MG Hector 5-seater premium SUV is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. While the diesel engine is the same that powers the Jeep Compass, the petrol version is a new 1.5-litre turbocharged motor. The Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder MultiJet II oil burner makes a maximum power output of 168bhp and 350Nm of torque.
The 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, on the other hand, delivers power worth 143bhp 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 generating 155bhp and 154bhp respectively. On the other hand, the Jeep Compass gets a 1.4-litre, turbocharged petrol engine that’s good for 163bhp and 250Nm of torque. Read – MG Marvel X Pure Electric SUV Might Come To India
The MG Hector’s petrol motor offers segment-leading 250Nm of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox driving the power to the front wheels comes as standard, while a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission come as an option with petrol variants. The MG Hector SUV also gets a 48V mild-hybrid system, which is claimed to be 12% more fuel efficient than the regular petrol model. The new mild-hybrid system also offers 20Nm of additional torque, which reduces turbo-lag and offers better performance in the stop-go traffic.
MG Hector Mileage
|Petrol||14.16kmpl MT & 13.96kmpl AT|
The MG Hector’s petrol version is claimed to deliver a fuel economy of 14.16kmpl with manual transmission and 13.96kmpl with dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The mild-hybrid variant of the SUV is claimed to be 12% more frugal than its petrol MT model, returning 15.81kmpl. The Hector diesel will promise fuel efficiency of 17.41kmpl.
MG Hector Variant-Wise Features
The 5-seater premium SUV is available in 4 trim levels – Style, Super, Smart and Sharp – and in total of 11 versions.
Hector Style Features
– Dual front airbags
– ABS with EBD
– all-4 disc brakes
– Electronic Stability Program
– Traction Control System
– Vehicle Stability Management
– Hill Hold, ABS, EBD
– Brake Assist
– Powered ORVMs with LED turn indicators
– Rear and driver armrest
– Cooled glove box
– 60:40 rear seats
– Rear air-con vents
– Rear seat recline
Hector Super Features
– 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system
– Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
– Cruise Control
– LED tail-lights and LED rear fog lamps
– Rear parking camera
Hector Smart Features
– in-built e-SIM for internet
– 8-speakers with subwoofer
– Tyre pressure monitoring system
– 6 airbags
– Push start/stop button
– Keyless entry
– Electrically adjustable driver seat
Hector Sharp Features
– Panoramic sunroof
– Sunglass holder
– Heated ORVMs
– Automatic headlamps
– Rain sensing wipers
– 4-way electrically adjustable co-driver seat
– Leather seats
– Six airbags
– 8-colour ambient mood lighting
– 360 degree camera
MG Hector Exterior
The new MG SUV shares its platform, body panels and design bits with the Baojun 530. Though, it gets some India-specific changes including a new front grille. Upfront of the SUV carries aggressive elements such as the signature MG hexagonal grille with blackened treatment and twin-pod LED projector headlamps with Audi-like ‘swiping’ LED indicators. The SUV also features sleek LED DRLs (daytime running lights) and wide air intakes.
The pronounced wheel arches with 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, which are reserved for the Smart and Sharp trims, add more to its bold look. While the entry-level Style trim gets steel wheels and wheel caps, the Super trim comes with Silver alloys. The SUV has faux skid plates at the front and rear bumpers, a split roof spoiler and a light bar that connects the tail-lights. This light bar gives it a single-piece tail-lamp look. The SUV gets sloping roofline and black-end pillars. Read: MG ZS Compact SUV – 5 Things You Need To Know
The black plastic cladding can be seen all-around the body, while the ORVMs are fitted to turn indicators. The dual pane panoramic sunroof is exclusively offered on the range-topping Sharp trim. 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. It comes with a ground clearance of 192mm. With these figures, it becomes the biggest vehicle in its segment. Though, its width is around 59mm less than the Tata Harrier.
MG Hector Colours
MG’s new 5-seater premium SUV is offered in five shades – Candy White, Aurora Silver, Glaze Red, Starry Black and Burgundy Red.
MG Hector Interior
Feature-wise, the MG Hector is one 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 trim of the SUV, however, comes 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 supports 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.
The MG Hector comes fitted to iSMART Next Gen technology, which features a 10.4-inch touchscreen with a vertical interface. This touchscreen allows driver to manage all the features of the car with just a touch or voice command. It also gets industry-first embedded M2M sim, which means the car will remain connected to the internet all the time. The company further says that this solution is IPV6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) compatible for 5G. Read – MG Motor To Launch 2 New SUVs This Year
The real-time navigation app has been developed by TomTom, which frequently update maps, location and routes via IQ Map feature. The MG Hector also has Gaana app with premium account. MG’s iSmart also helps its owners locate their cars remotely and geo fence it, so the car cannot be driven out of a predefined zone. For entertainment purpose, the Hector gets 8-speaker audio system with subwoofers. It also comes with a 360-degree camera. The list of features includes a 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry and push-button start.
MG Hector Safety Features
The Hector is one of the safest vehicles in its segment. Features such as dual airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), brake assist, electronic stability program (ESP), traction control system (TCS), hill hold control, rear parking sensors, speed sensing auto door lock, ISOFIX child seat anchors, speed warning alert, 3 point seatbelts for all passengers, front seatbelt pretensioner and load limitor, front driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder and rear disc brakes come as standard across the SUV lineup.
While the Smart trim offers four airbags, the six airbags are exclusively made available on the top-spec Sharp trim. The tyre pressure monitoring system, reverse parking camera, cornering front fog lamps, front and rear parking sensors are reserved for the higher variants.
MG Hector Competition
MG’s new 5-seater premium SUV rivals a wide range of SUVs currently on sale in India. In terms of pricing, the Hector is positioned right between the Hyundai Creta and Tucson. It directly challenges the likes of the Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson.
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MG Hector Preview
MG Hector is the first model from the British carmaker in India. The SUV offers largest dual-pane panoramic sunroof along with several high-end features. It comes with both petrol and diesel engine options along with a mild-hybrid variant.