MG Hector to get CVT automatic transmission with petrol engine

MG Motors launched the facelift of the Hector last month. Now, the manufacturer is working on launching a CVT automatic transmission paired to their turbo petrol engine. The Hector CVT should get launched by next week. Interestingly, the Dual-Clutch Automatic transmission will still be on sale. The Dual-Clutch Automatic transmission is not so smooth and fast to respond as the others. This might be the reason that MG Motor is launching the Hector with CVT gearbox. The CVT should be a lot smoother because they are inherently one of the smoothest transmissions. The turbo petrol engine puts out 140 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. Currently, the engine is also offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a Dual-Clutch Automatic gearbox.

There is also a 2.0-litre diesel engine on offer which produces 170 PS of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. There is also 48V mild-hybrid system available with the turbo petrol engine that is offered only with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Speaking of the Hector itself, the facelift brought some new features to the SUV and a new face.

The front fascia of the Hector was tweaked with a bolder and more aggressive front grille. MG also added front and a rear faux skid plate that is finished in Gunmetal colour. For the side, the alloy wheels were updated to a new 5-spoke design with dual-tone colour and are 18-inches. This was a good decision by the manufacturer because the previous alloy wheels looked a tad bit smaller on those massive wheel arches. These alloy wheels did help in improving the stance of the SUV because earlier the buyers used to go for after-market wheels. At the rear, the red reflective garnish that used to sit between the tail lamps has been replaced with a glossy black one. Now, the SUV also gets scuff plates for the front and rear door sills. MG now also offers the Starry Blue colour with the Hector which was earlier only offered with the Hector Plus. The cabin was updated with dual-tone champagne and black colour, whereas the earlier Hector’s cabin was black. The dual-tone treatment helps in adding a premium feel and airiness to the cabin.

For the features, MG now offers wireless charger, front ventilated seats and an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror. It also gets a Wifi option within the touchscreen infotainment system and there is also voice search in the Gaana application. The infotainment system can now show 5 days of the weather forecast in Accuweather, it can connect to Apple Watch, there are engine start alarm and speed alert customization option in the i-Smart application. Moreover, there is an automatic door lock and unlock, Hinglish voice commands and voice alerts for low tyre pressure. The manufacturer also claims that they have extended the high support for the rear seat which should help in a more comfortable ride for the rear occupants. MG Hector currently starts from Rs. 12.89 lakhs ex-showroom and it competes with rivals like Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier and the upcoming Mahindra Scorpio.