We informed you earlier that the MG Hector is a re-badged Baojun 530, which is on sale in the Chinese market. Baojun 530 SUV was first unveiled in November 2017 and went on sale in China in March 2018. Interestingly, Baojun has already started working on the facelift version of the SUV. In fact, the updated model has been spotted testing for the first time with several exterior changes.
In terms of design changes, the Baojun 530 facelift received new front grille, new projector headlamp, twin fog lamps in a blacked out tri-arrow format and all-new LED daytime running lights. The side profile looks largely identical to the current model, except for the new set of alloys. At the back, the SUV gets new garnish strip, reflectors and reverse light. Adding to it, the tail-lamp design has been slightly altered.
The MG Hector facelift (Baojun 530) also receives some changes in terms of dimensions. While the current model is 4,655mm in length, the facelift is 40mm longer at 4,695mm. However, the width and height remain unchanged at 1,835mm and 1,750mm respectively. In fact, the new model sits 10mm lower than the outgoing model. The Chinese model is powered by a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. However, the facelift will get the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 144bhp of power. Transmission choices will include a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic. The Baojun 530 facelift will go on sale in China by the end of this year. Also See – 7-seater MG Hector Unveiled
The MG Hector, currently on sale in India, has received overwhelming response from buyers. In fact, bookings for the SUV have temporarily been stopped. The car is already sold out for 2019 in just 22 days of launch. Deliveries for the SUV have also been started. Priced at Rs 12.18 lakh, the MG Hector is available in 2 engine options – a 1.5-litre turbo petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel. While the former is good for 140bhp and 250Nm of torque, the oil burner produces 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. MG Motor is expected to launch the updated Hector in India in late 2020. Moreover, the company will also launch the 7-seater Hector SUV in India in early next year.
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