The Mid-size SUV segment has been a place that has seen a lot of action this year. Models like Tata Harrier, MG Hector, Kia Seltos launched this year. One of the most talked about SUV launches this year was the MG Hector. Ever since its launch, the Hector has been doing pretty well in terms of sales which shows how popular has this new SUV become among Indians.
Next big thing coming up in the Indian car sector is the BS VI emission norms that would come into effect from April 2020. Just like all the other manufacturers in the country, MG is also working on BS VI engines. Few days ago a couple of Hectors were spotted testing on our roads and here we have a video of the same. It was uploaded by Auto Trend TV on their YouTube channel.
Two Hectors can be seen on a busy road before they come to a stop at a traffic signal. Only the rear of the cars are visible. Design wise no major changes can be spotted. The car at the back looks like a lower variant as it has a different wheel design and the one at the front has sharp looking machine cut alloy wheels.
Coming to the engines, MG hector comes with both petrol and diesel options. The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit that produces 143 PS of power and 250 Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine on the other hand is a Fiat sourced 2.0-litre unit that generates 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of peak torque. MG Motors is also offering Hector with a hybrid system in the petrol variants as an option. This makes Hector the only vehicle in the segment to come with a hybrid drivetrain. Talking about the transmission, 1.5 Petrol comes with manual and 7-Speed DCT gearbox whereas the diesel variant only comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Coming back to the BS VI compliant Hector. The engine is more or less likely to remain the same, but the only difference would be that it would be more cleaner. MG will be tuning the engine in such a way that it meets the upcoming emission norms. It also means that the BS VI MG Hector will be tad more expensive that the current BS 4 version.
MG is also working on their next model which is the 7-seater version of the Hector and an all-electric SUV which will be known by the name e-ZS. They are both likely to be launched in India next year.