The MG Hector SUV will directly rival the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier.
MG Motor, a subsidiary of the Chinese SAIC Motor, has finally unveiled the long-awaited new MG Hector 5-seater premium SUV in India. Mass production of the Hector has already been commenced at the SAIC’s Halol based plant in Gujarat. The SUV is claimed to have close to 75% of locally sourced components that hint at its aggressive pricing. 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.
The MG Hector is claimed to the most advanced SUV in its category. This new model is equipped with MG’s 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 system in India. Adding to it, the MG Hector is called India’s first internet car. MG is the first automobile player in India to introduce Over The Air (OTA) technology to cars, which enable customers to receive real-time software, entertainment content and application updates.
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. 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 – 10 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 SUV will hit Indian roads in the first half of June 2019. Official bookings will commence in June, though few dealers have already started taking pre-orders. We will update you as soon as MG Motor India announces its launch date. The company will foray in the Indian market with 65 dealerships across 50 major cities. 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. A six-speed manual gearbox driving the power to the front wheels will come as standard, while a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission will come as optional in the petrol version. The MG Hector SUV will also get 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. Read – MG Marvel X Pure Electric SUV Might Come To India
MG Hector Mileage
|Petrol||14.16kmpl MT & 13.96kmpl DCT automatic|
The MG Hector’s diesel version is claimed to return 17.41kmpl, while the petrol manual and automatic versions return 14.16kmpl and 13.96kmpl respectively.
MG Hector Variant-Wise Features
The 5-seater premium SUV will be offered in 4 trim levels – Style, Super, Smart and Sharp – and in total of 13 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
MG’s new premium SUV is basically the re-engineered Baojun 530 that is retailed in the Chinese market. The SUV shares its platform and body panels with the Baojun 530, though it gets some India-specific changes. Except for the new grille, the entire design of the MG Hector is similar to that of the Chinese sibling. 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 is fitted to 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. Black plastic cladding can be seen all-around the body, while the ORVMs are fitted to turn indicators. 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. It comes with a ground clearance of 192mm. With such figures, it will be the biggest vehicle in its segment. Though, its width is around 59mm less than the Tata Harrierr.
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
The MG Hector is also 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. The real-time navigation app has been developed by TomTom, which frequently update maps, location and routes via IQ Map feature. The MG Hector will also have Gaana app with premium account. MG’s iSmart will also help 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 system with subwoofers. It 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.
MG Hector Competition
This 5-seater premium SUV will challenge a wide range of SUVs currently on sale in India. The SUV will be positioned right between the Hyundai Creta and Tucson. It will challenge the likes of Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson.
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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.