MG Motor, the British automobile manufacturer will soon launch its first product in the Indian market. Even though MG Motor is an iconic British brand, it is fully owned by China’s SAIC Motor Corp. The manufacturer announced the name of the first vehicle that will be launched in the Indian market as Hector. The SUV will take on the likes of the Jeep Compass and upcoming Tata Harrier in the Indian market.
MG Motor has set-up an assembly plant at Halol, Gujarat and the production of the SUV will start in the second quarter of 2019. The launch of the all-new SUV is expected to happen in around the May 2019. MG Motor aimed for 75% localisation for the Hector SUV, which would allow the brand to price their first SUV very competitively. The Hector SUV is based on the SAIC Boujon 530, which is available only in the Chinese market at the moment. The Indian-spec SUV will be heavily re-engineered to ensure that it suits the Indian roads and conditions.
The 5-seater SUV has been testing on the Indian roads under heavy camouflage for a long time now. MG Motor released a video yesterday that shows the upcoming Hector testing in cold weather conditions in India. The MG Motor Hector would offer a great value for money in the Indian market. It will be bigger than the Honda CR-V in size but the price of the SUV would be similar to the Tata Harrier and the Jeep Compass. The upcoming SUV would get an extremely elaborative feature list.
The official video released by MG Motor shows the dynamic turn indicators of the upcoming SUV. All the lamps in the SUV will be LED, including the headlamps, tail lamps, turn indicators and the interior cabin lamps. The Hector will also get a sunroof, machined alloy wheels, 360-degree parking camera leather seats, a flat bottom steering, dual-tone dashboard and flat rear floor to give maximum space to the occupants.
The all-new Hector would be powered by the same 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine supplied by Fiat. The same engine also powers the Jeep Compass and will be launched with the Tata Harrier. It generates a maximum of 138 Bhp – 350 Nm in the Harrier while the Jeep Compass gets 170 Bhp – 350 Nm out of the engine. MG Motors is expected to churn out around 170 Bhp for the Hector. It will also offer an automatic dual-clutch transmission with the upcoming Hector. For the petrol-heads, there would be a 1.5-litre petrol engine but the specifications and the output of the engine are not known.
MG Motors is planning to launch 100 sales and service touch points across the country by May 2019. It plans to launch a new product every year starting from 2019 in the Indian market. The MG brand, which has its origins in the UK, is now owned by a Chinese company called SAIC. SAIC is one of the largest automakers in China.