MG Motors will soon make its debut in the Indian market. The UK-based manufacturer is owned by a Chinese brand SAIC and will launch the Hector SUV as their first product in the Indian market. Officially named as MG Hector, the SUV will take on the likes of Mahindra XUV 500, Jeep Compass and newly launched Tata Harrier in the Indian market.
The features of the all-new car along with the exterior pictures have been officially revealed by the brand. It will be the most feature-loaded vehicle in the segment and many features will be offered for the first time. One of the biggest highlights of the features is the iSmart system, which is one of the most advanced connected car systems.
The MG Hector will be offered with an eSIM from Airtel and the vehicle is 5G connectivity-ready, which will make it one of the most advanced vehicles in the affordable segment. The system will allow the MG Hector to get over-the-air (OTA) updates that can be installed in real time by the user without the need of going to the service centre. The OTA update feature will be standard in all MG cars with iSmart technology. The Hector will get a 10.4-inch portrait infotainment system that will come with a range of pre-loaded applications.
Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India said,
“The integration of internet with cars opens up a gamut of features that can ensure a seamless and updated ownership experience for MG customers in India. With an embedded SIM card and OTA, the MG Hector promises to do a lot more over time with constantly-expanding capabilities, to create a seamless driving experience, throughout the life of the car. Furthermore, with the advent of 5G connectivity in India, MG cars will have the potential to add new, breakthrough features to further enrich the car driving experience,”
The MG Hector’s iSmart app will also give real-time data about the vehicle to the users on their smartphones. Users will be able to check the tyre pressure of the vehicle, geo-fence, live location of the vehicle and more. It will also allow the owners to lock/unlock the doors, turn the ignition on and even start the air-conditioning system without even entering the vehicle. The app will provide service history data to the users too. The iSmart data will be hosted on Microsoft Azure Cloud and will help the owners to drive the vehicle smarter.
MG will also offer one-of-its-kind customer management services through Pulse Hub. The services will allow users to set-up pre-defined numbers that will get a text message in case the airbags are deployed. It will also intimidate the emergency services about the location of the vehicle. MG Hector will also offer the iCall feature.
The Hector will be powered by both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel variants will draw power from a 2.0-litre engine sourced from Fiat. The same engine also powers the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier in the market. The petrol versions will be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. MG may also introduce a 48-volt mild hybrid version with the petrol powered variants in India.