The MG Hector SUV marks the debut of several segment first features.
The long-awaited MG Hector has been revealed for the Indian market. The SUV is scheduled to be launched in the first half of June 2019. Mass production of the Hector has also been commenced at the SAIC’s Halol based plant in Gujarat. MG claims that the new model will have close to 75% local components. Expected to be priced aggressively, the new MG Hector will challenge the likes of Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500 and Hyundai Tucson.
The MG Hector is claimed to be the most advanced SUV in its category. In fact, MG called the new model as India’s first Internet car. The SUV is basically the re-engineered Baojun 530 that is currently on sale in the Chinese market. However, the Hector has received over 300 India specific changes to meet the local buyer needs. The MG Hector also marks the debut of several segment first features. Read – MG Hector has the largest boot space in the segment
MG Hector segment-first features
– LED lights all around
– Rear seat recliner
– Heated outside rear view mirrors
– Automatic tailgate
– Floating LED turn indicators (LED DRLs double as dynamic turn indicators)
– 360 degree camera
– 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat
– 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat
– 48V mild-hybrid system
– ESP (Electronic Stability Program) & Traction Control standard
– Flat rear floor
– Segment-largest 10.4-inch portrait touchscreen display
– Three-point seat belts for all occupants
– Ambient lighting with 8 colour options
– Segment-largest panoramic sunroof
– Internet Option with OTA (Over-The-Air) software updates
The MG Hector SUV will be offered in 3 engine options – a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol, a FCA-sourced 2.0-litre turbo-diesel and a 1.5L petrol + 48V mild-hybrid system. The gasoline engine is capable of producing 143bhp and 250Nm, while the oil burner is good for 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox driving the power to the front wheels will come as standard, while a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic will be offered as optional with the petrol model. Also See – MG Hector 7-seater version launch timeline revealed
The hybrid system will only be available with the manual transmission option. It is claimed to deliver 12% more mileage than the regular model. Adding to it, the new 48V mild hybrid system will offer up to 20Nm of additional torque to counter the turbo-lag during low speeds thus improving the performance at stop-go traffic. The diesel version of the SUV is claimed to return 17.41kmpl, while the petrol manual and petrol automatic returns 14.16kmpl and 13.96kmpl respectively.
MG Hector First Look Video