MG Motor has hit a dream run with the Hector 6 seat mid-sized SUV, which continued to run rings around competition even in November 2019. In a market struggling with a massive sales slowdown, the Hector managed to clock a whopping 3,239 units, which makes it the segment’s best seller. These sales are also the highest that the Hector has clocked in India since launch, and the SUV seems to be getting stronger with each passing month, completely obliterating competition. In a sense, the Hector’s sales performance is similar to that of the XUV500 in 2011-12, when the SUV dominated sales charts, single-handedly demolishing the D-Segment sedan space. The difference now is that the Hector has some strong competition to contend with while the XUV500 literally had the segment to itself.
Coming to sales numbers of the Hector’s competitors, the Tata Harrier managed 762 units in November 2019 while the Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500 clocked 638 units and 981 units respectively. The Mahindra XUV500 is due for a full model change next year, and that should help matters for it. The Harrier will get a BS6 variant early next year, and also a diesel-automatic option.
As for the Jeep Compass, a facelift will arrive next year. Until then, the MG Hector is likely to dominate sales charts in a big way. The Hector is built at Halol, Gujarat, and will get a bunch of changes going into 2020. A 6 seat premium version will be launched early next year. The SUV will also get BS6 compliant in both petrol and diesel trims.
The Hector currently on sale is offered with three engines: a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol with 140 Bhp-240 Nm, the same engine with a mild hybrid option, and a 2 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine with 170 Bhp-350 Nm. The petrol engine gets 6 speed manual and 6 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox options. The petrol hybrid and diesel engines get 6 speed manual gearboxes as standard. All variants of the Hector sold in India are front wheel driven, and MG Motor has no plans to offer an all wheel drive option for this SUV. Loaded with features, the Hector is a class leader in terms of creature comforts on offer. The panoramic sunroof is a major selling point, and so is the on-board internet connectivity that allows many features to be controlled remotely. The cherry on the cake is the sharp pricing that MG Motor has managed for the Hector. Prices start from Rs. 12.48 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.