The MG Hector was launched with much fanfare in August 2019, and since then, it has been a volume bringer for MG in India. The Hector already received a mild facelift in 2021, which saw the SUV receiving mild exterior and interior updates and feature additions. MG is planning yet another similar update for the Hector, and the test mules of the updated SUV have been spotted by CarBlogIndia showing fully-revealed details of the upcoming facelift.
To start with, the updates for the exterior of the refreshed MG Hector are mild, with the SUV now receiving horizontal slats for the front grille. The front fascia now looks very similar to that of the Wuling Almaz, a badge-engineered version of the MG Hector sold in south-east Asia. The test mule shows that all the chrome elements of the front fascia, including the headlamp and grille surrounds, have been de-chromed and given an all-black treatment. The headlamps also look a bit different with single large projectors in each housing, against the dual small LED projectors in the current model.
Will get ADAS
The big change at the front of the MG Hector seems to be the welcoming addition of the rectangular-shaped autonomous driving assistance system (ADAS) radar in the middle of the front bumper. This makes Hector the third SUV from MG to feature ADAS, as Gloster and Astor are already available with Level-1 and Level-2 ADAS respectively. Expect the new Hector to get Level-2 ADAS, with features like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, park assist and more.
The other exterior changes which are visible in the test mule of the refreshed MG Hector include a new design for the 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels and revised LED tail lamps. The tail lamps look very similar to those of the Hector Plus, the three-row version of the Hector. The roof rails are also blacked out. While the details of the cabin are not visible in the spy shots, we expect the cabin to remain more or less unchanged. However, it might get the dashboard-mounted personal AI assistant which debuted in the MG Astor last year.
The revised MG Hector is expected to retain the powertrain lineup of the current version, which comprises two different engine options – a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The turbo-petrol engine claims 143 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque and is available with two transmission options – a 6-speed manual and a CVT. The petrol-manual versions also benefit from 48V mild-hybrid technology. On the other hand, the diesel engine churns out 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque and is expected to retain the current 6-speed manual gearbox.