MG Hector got launched in the Indian market earlier this year and became an instant hit. MG Hector competes with cars like Tata Hrrier, Mahindra XUV500, Kia Seltos. It became so popular that MG even had to stop taking bookings for a while as they couldn’t manufacture enough vehicles to meet the demand. Hector is sold in India is based on the Baojun 530 and is also sold under different names in other country. Chevrolet which is owned by GM has recently showcased the new Captiva for global market and it looks exactly like the MG Hector sold in India. Chevrolet left Indian market a couple of years ago because of low sales, but is still popular in other countries, specially Middle East. We have a video by Auto All About DXB which shows the new 2020 Chevrolet Captiva. It was showcased at 2019 Dubai Motor Show
From the outside, it looks just like MG Hector. It gets the same DRLs, headlamps and fog lamps on the bumper and the same long profile with LED tail lights at the rear. The only thing that makes it a Chevy is the front grille which comes with Chevrolet badging and the alloys also get the same design but which Chevrolet logo on them.
Coming to the inside things are a bit different. The Captiva or the rebadged Hector now gets a third row of seats which is missing in Indian version. The size of the sunroof is also small. It does not get the panoramic sunroof. video says that Chevrolet is not planning to sell this as a premium vehicle, hence they have compromised on features like Tesla like touchscreen, leather seats etc. It instead gets a touchscreen infotainment system from Chevrolet. The third row of seats is also a sign that Chevrolet wants to market it to the masses than to premium customers.
Coming to the engine, The Chevrolet Captiva unlike Hector in India comes only with a petrol engine. It is a 1.5L turbo petrol engine that produces 149 Bhp and 250 Nm of torque. Unlike Hector it does not come with a manual or DCT gearbox, it is mated to a CVT transmission.
Coming back to MG, after the success launch of Hector they are planning for the launch of an all electric SUV MG eZS. it is likely to be launched in India on the first week of December. Apart from that MG is also planning a 7-seater version of the MG Hector to take on Tata Gravitas.
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