British car brand MG Motor has just launched its first car in the Indian market – the Hector SUV. The MG Hector – a rebadged Chinese SUV called the Baojun 530 – is offerd with three engines: a petrol mild hybrid, a turbo petrol and a turbo diesel. All three engines are Bharat Stage 4 (BS4) compliant for now, and the Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) versions of these engines will be offered on the Hector from early 2020, according to a news report on ACI.
The BS6 variants of the engines are likely to get more fuel efficient than the current, BS4 versions of this engine. Power and torque outputs are likely to be unchanged, and in case of the diesel engine, which the Hector shares with the Jeep Compass, refinement levels could go up. The BS6 variants of the MG Hector are likely to get pricier, with the diesel engined variants bearing most of the brunt that the tighter emission norms will bring to the table. So, if you do want to skip the price hike that the BS6 norms will bring along, now is the right time to go buy the Hector.
Meanwhile, MG Motor is sitting on over 12,000 bookings for the car, and waiting periods for certain variants are said to be hitting 7 months. Coming back to the engines that the Hector offers, the petrol motor is a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged unit that puts out 140 Bhp of peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque. This engine is also available with a mild hybrid powertrain.
6 speed manual gearboxes are standard with both engines while the non-hybrid version of this engine gets a 6 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox as an option. The diesel engine is a 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged unit with 170 Bhp-350 Nm, and a 6 speed manual gearbox is offered. A front wheel drive layout is standard with all three engines, and MG Motor has no plans to offer an all wheel drive layout on the Hector. The monocoque bodied SUV is a 5 seater, and MG Motor is working no a 7 seat layout for the Hector, which will be launched in early 2020.
MG Motor has priced the Hector very competitively, with prices ranging between Rs. 12.18 lakhs for the base variant and Rs. 16.88 lakhs for the top-end trim. The Hector is one of the best equipped SUVs in the segment, and gets a range of segment leading features that include a 10.8 inch touchscreen infotainment unit with ‘smart car’ features, a panoramic sunroof, 360 degree camera, reclining rear seat, biggest boot in class along with the longest wheelbase, and finally mood lighting with 8 different colours.