Earlier this year, Morris Garages or MG Motors entered India officially with their first product. The British manufacturer controlled by the Chinese parent launched the all-new MG Hector in the market that became popular instantly. Even after months of its launch, the MG Hector continues to outsell its rivals in the segment. In the month of October, it recreated the same feat and came first on the sale charts.
The MG Hector takes on the likes of Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV300 and the Jeep Compass in the segment directly. However, the manufacturer has priced the Hector quite competitively making the customers go for the vehicle when compared to the rivals. In fact, the MG Hector sold 3,536 units in the month of October, which is about the same as the sum of all three other vehicles in the segment. The Mahindra XUV500 sold 1,378 units in the same period while the Tata Harrier sold 1,258 units in October. The Jeep Compass sold only 854 units in the same period. However, it should be noted that the Jeep Compass is the most expensive vehicle out of the four.
The MG Hector is priced the lowest among the all and also offers features that have never been offered in the segment before. The top-end version of the Hector gets features like a panoramic sunroof, 10.4-inch touchscreen central console, AI-enabled system that also works with voice commands, all four disc brakes, ambient lighting, seven airbags and several other high-end features. The Hector also comes with a 360-degree camera, full LED headlamps, LED interior lamps, Internet-connected system that allows the owner to control several features of the vehicle remotely. This also allows the owner to track the vehicle in real-time and also disable the vehicle through the connected smartphone in case it gets stolen. The safety features include all four disc brakes, Electronic stability program, traction control system, hill-hold control and vehicle stability management. These safety features are standard across the variants.
The MG Hector is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel engine is a Multijet unit that also powers the rivals like the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier. In the MG Hector, it produces a maximum power of 170 Bhp and peak torque of 350 Nm. MG only offers a 6-speed manual transmission with the diesel-powered versions of the Hector. The petrol variants get powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit that produces a maximum power of 141 Bhp and peak torque of 250 Nm. It gets a manual transmission and an option of 7-speed DCT automatic transmission. MG also offers a 48V optional hybrid system with the petrol-manual model that offers 20 Nm of additional torque.