After innumerable sightings and teasers, MG India has finally unveiled the Hector SUV. The MG Hector is a SUV that will sit in the Rs 12-18 lakh bracket and compete with the Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier and Renault Captur. MG will launch the SUV in India in early June and deliveries will commence a few weeks after that. Bookings are also likely to start at the start of June.
Wow! This looks good in flesh!
The MG Hector does look very good in flesh. In fact, it feels almost similar to the Harrier in terms of the radical nature of the design. As we have seen in the Tata, the top portion close to the bonnet is a strip of LED DRLs. Below them are LED projectors as well as LED fog lights. The Hector also comes with a full LED package that includes the winkers and tail lamps too.
Inside, the cabin is swathed with leather. Rajeev Chaba, MD of MG India, says that the fit and finish of the cabin is to international standards. The wheelbase at 2,750mm is the largest in its class and so is the length of 4,655mm. The driver’s seat is power adjustable for six positions while the co-driver’s is for four. This 5-seater has a standard 60:40 rear split bench. The boot space at 587 litres is huge too though the loading lip could be lower. Speaking of the boot, it is a one touch operation unit.
MG says that they have taken safety very seriously and all trims of the Hector will come with Hill Hold Control, ESP, Traction Control, 3-point seatbelts, ISOFIX tethers and rear disc brakes. Six airbags will be offered on the top trims and so will be a 360-degree camera, front parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system and an electric parking brake.
We’ve spoken before in detail about the connected car experience that the Hector brings along and you can read all about it here.
Engine options for the MG Hector?
The MG Hector gets an all-new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol and 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines. While there is no talk currently about the BS-IV or BS-VI nature of these engines, it is likely going to be the former. The 1.5-litre engine makes 143PS/250Nm while there is also an optional 48V motor with the petrol. MG claims that the latter will reduce emissions by around 11 per cent while the efficiency will be improved by 12 per cent. The petrol-hybrid combo will come with a 6-speed manual transmission while the petrol-only also gets an optional DCT.
The diesel engine produces 170PS of power and 350Nm. A 6-speed manual will be the sole gearbox available at launch. MG has appointed around 120 dealers as of today while more are expected to be added soon.