MG Hector will be officially unveiled today. But before that, we got you the exclusive details of the car through leaked specification and feature sheet. Here is Manoj Kandpal from Click Safar who got his hands on a brand-new MG Hector much before its launch and drove it around. Here is the first review of the SUV from him.
The video has been deleted by the uploader. Sorry for the inconvenience. But you can still read the summary of what the video showed below.
The MG Hector will be available with both petrol and diesel engine options in the Indian market. However, only the petrol engine option will get the 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission while the diesel engine will only come with a manual transmission. The variant driven by Manoj is the petrol dual-clutch automatic version, which is a first-in-segment feature. The video was made at night, which is why it is not exceptionally clear but shows the vehicle from all around.
This the first that the vehicle’s split headlamps are seen in the dark. The all-LED set-up of the headlamps are extremely efficient and have an exceptional throw. The Hector also gets sleek LED DRLs that are placed as an extended part of the front grille. It should be noted that not all the variants will get this similar set-up. From the rear, the Hector gets a thick and wide reflector that makes the tail lamps connected to each other during the day but only the LED tail lamp and its structure is visible at the night.
After showing the car from the outside, Manoj sits inside the vehicle and shows the instrument cluster. It gets two analogue dials with a 7-inch digital display placed in the middle. The graphical display shows various information about the car and also shows warning indicators when needed. Then the massive 10.8-inch infotainment screen can be seen in the video. The vertically stacked screen will remind you of the Tesla cars. The huge screen works as the controller of all the features in the car including the climate control system. However, there are physical buttons to control the AC and other features placed on the right-hand side of the steering wheel. There are quite a lot of switches in the car and the camera shows all of the switches including the one in the window armrest.
The video also shows the rear seat space and how two adults comfortably fit in there. There even a space of one extra adult in the rear seat of the car. The MG Hector also gets an 8-colour ambient light set-up. Manoj also tried Artificial Intelligence-enabled voice commands and asks the assistant to open the sunroof. The car responds quickly by opening the huge panoramic sunroof without a delay. Then the also asks the Infotainment system to navigate and open driver-side window and the Hector does all the things without any delay. The video shows the car being driven at 163 km/h on the roads.
The Hector gets powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum power 143 PS and 250 Nm of peak torque. The 2.0-litre diesel engine produces a maximum of 170 PS and 350 Nm. It returns a maximum of 17.41 km/l with the diesel, 14.16 km/l with the petrol manual and 13.96 km/l with the petrol automatic.