The long-awaited MG Hector has finally been unveiled in the Indian car market. The 5-seater model is scheduled to be launched in the first half of June 2020. It will be sold through 65 dealerships across 50 major cities of the country. We informed you earlier that MG Motors will launch the 7-seater version of the Hector SUV in India. A new media report from AutoCar India confirms that the MG Hector 3-row version will be launched in early 2020.
The MG Hector is 4,655mm in length and has a wheelbase of 2,750mm, which is also the segment-leading. In fact, it is longer than the 7-seater Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Harrier. The longer body is good enough to accommodate 3 row of seats. Speaking to AutoCarIndia, Rajeev Chaba, MD and CEO, MG Motor India confirmed that the Hector 7-seater SUV will be launched closer to the BS6 emission norms April 1, 2020 deadline.
“Technically, we cannot call it a 7- or 8-seater due to its dimensions, but the Hector will get a third row of seats and that should come around the same time as the BS6 emission norms come into effect,” said Rajeev Chaba.
MG Hector is basically the re-engineered Baojun 530, which is on sale in the Chinese market. However, the Hector received 300+ India specific changes to suit the needs of Indian buyers. Baojun is also selling the 7-seater version of the 530 SUV in China. In fact, there is no difference in the dimensions of the 5- and 7-seat versions. The third-row has been added without any major modifications to the SUV. The MG Hector comes with a boot space of 587-litres, and MG Motor could utilise this space to accommodate third row of seats. This SUV will directly rival the upcoming Tata Cassini 7-seater, Mahindra XUV500 and others in its category.
The MG Hector is claimed to be India’s first Internet car. The SUV is equipped with several segment-leading features like largest-in-category panoramic sunroof, 360 degree camera, first-in-league 10.4-inch vertically stacked touchscreen infotainment system with several connectivity features, six airbags, 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, climate control, etc. The MG Hector is available with 3 engine options – a 143bhp, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol, a 170bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel and a 48V mild-hybrid version of the 1.5L petrol.
Video – MG Hector first look