The MG Hector SUV will directly rival the Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500 and the Jeep Compass in India.
The much-anticipated MG Hector SUV is all set to go on sale in the Indian market in June 2019. The SUV has been spotted testing on video without any camouflage. The vehicle was caught testing in Gujarat, which also happens to be the home for brand’s manufacturing facility. The MG Hector production has already been started at the SAIC’s Halol based plant. With close to 75% localisation, the Hector is expected to carry a competitive pricing.
The MG Hector SUV will directly rival the Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500 and the Jeep Compass in India. It is based on the Baojun 530 SUV, which is on sale in China. In terms of dimensions, the MG Hector is larger than most of its rivals. The company will initially launch the five-seater version of the SUV. MG is also working on the 7-seater Hector, which is scheduled to be launched in 2020.
The MG Hector design is identical to the Chinese sibling. The SUV gets large chrome meshed front grille, split headlamp design with LED DRLs on top and LED headlights placed lower on the front bumper. Some of the design highlights include sloping roof, skid plates, LED tail-lights, roof-integrated spoiler, diamond-cut alloys, etc.
The MG Hector is claimed to be India’s first ‘Internet Car’. It comes with the most advanced cabin in its category, featuring in-built SIM for internet and has the ability to receive over-the-air updates. The SUV gets segment-first 10.4-inch portrait touchscreen infotainment system, which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Some of the feature-list includes 360 degree surround view camera, a Harman-sourced Infinity audio system, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control. automatic climate control, a tyre pressure monitoring system and others. Also See – MG Hector – 10 interesting facts
The MG Hector will be powered by a FCA-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. The petrol version will get the 1.5-litre turbo unit that is good for 143bhp and 250Nm of torque. The company will also introduce the mild-hybrid version of the SUV. A six-speed manual gearbox driving the power to the front wheels will come as standard, while a six-speed torque convertor AT will be offered as optional with the turbo petrol engine.