MG Hector launch tomorrow; expected price, features, specifications and everything else you need to know
China-based SAIC Motor Corporation is set to start afresh in the Indian market following the exit of its partner, General Motors India in 2017. MG Motor, which traces its origins back to the United Kingdom and now a wholly-owned subsidiary of SAIC, will spearhead the operations in India starting with the Hector SUV. The Hector is already on sale in multiple markets albeit under different brand names - Baojun 530 in China, Chevrolet Captiva in Thailand and South America and Wuling Almaz in Indonesia. In May, SAIC presented the MG Hector for the Indian market giving us a closer look at the SUV with a Brit-badge and Chinese underpinnings.
It gets the in-vogue split headlamp setup with LED DRLs placed high up and the bumper housing the main headlamps and fog lamps. The high-set bonnet and flat nose give it an imposing look akin to North American pick-up trucks. Hector's generous proportions come to light when viewed from the side giving it an almost MPV like appearance. The rear features LED tail lamps unified by a red strip running along the length of the boot.
The space inside is fairly generous with seating for five coupled with a cavernous 587-litre boot. However, Hector's party-trick is the slew of features MG has packed in. The most noteworthy of all is the 10.4-inch touchscreen display for the i-Smart infotainment suite. A 5G enabled SIM from Airtel embedded in the vehicle enables the owner to stay connected with his/her car through their smartphones. The internet connectivity also enables over-the-air updates, a first for a car in India, maps with live traffic data and in-built apps like Gaana for streaming music. Top-of-the-line variants will offer an 8-speaker Infinity audio setup, panoramic sunroof, 6-way electrically adjustable driver's seat, heated ORVMs, powered tail gate and a whole lot more.
There will be three powertrain options - 1.5-litre turbo petrol with a 48v hybrid system mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, 1.5-litre turbo petrol mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a DCT and a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre Multijet diesel mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The petrol/petrol hybrid engine makes 141bhp and 250Nm while the diesel has a power and torque output of 168bhp and 350Nm, respectively. The MG Hector will be launched in India on June 27 with a starting price of under Rs 15 lakh. It will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500.