MG Motor has just confirmed that the hot selling Hector SUV will get a 7 seat layout along with a facelift in January 2021. The facelifted MG Hector is also expected to be offered with a five seat layout. Given the fact that MG Motor launched the 6 seat Hector (called the Hector Plus) earlier this year, it remains to be seen whether the Hector Plus will continue to be sold alongside the 5 seat and 7 seat variants.
MG Motor launched the Hector a couple of years ago as its first offering in the hotly competitive Indian mid-size SUV segment, and right from word go, the well priced offering was well accepted in the market, outselling competitors such as the Tata Harrier and Mahindra XUV500. In fact, the MG Hector continues to dominate sales charts even now, and the facelifted version is expected to cement the SUV’s leadership further. ‘
The facelifted version of the Hector will be pricier than the current model, and MG Motor has indicated that the SUV could be about 3 % pricier. Currently, prices of the MG Hector start from Rs. 12.84 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi for the base petrol version, going all the way up to Rs. 18.08 lakh for the top-end diesel trim. The Hector’s 7 seat variant is likely to be offered with the same set of BS6 compliant turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines.
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Currently, the Hector sold in India gets 3 engine options: a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 141 Bhp-250 Nm, a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a 48V mild hybrid option and a 2 liter-4 cylinder Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel with 168 Bhp-350 Nm. The petrol engine gets two gearbox options: a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed twin clutch automatic, while the petrol hybrid motor gets a 6 speed manual as standard. The diesel engine also gets a 6 speed manual as standard. All variants of the Hector are front wheel driven.
The Hector is one of the most feature-rich SUVs in the segment it operates in. From a panoramic sunroof to a Tesla-style large touchscreen infotainment interface, the Hector is big on equipment, and this is one of the biggest selling points of the SUV. The facelifted model is likely to add even more features. In terms of key changes, the front grille is new on the facelifted model even as the overall dimensions remain unchanged. It’s built at the former General Motors factory in Halol, Gujarat, which is now taken over by SAIC, the Chinese parent of MG Motor.
2021 will be a year that will major action in the mid-sized SUV segment. While MG is preparing to facelift the Hector and add a 7 seat variant to its line up, Tata Motors is prepping up a 6 seat version of the Harrier. Called the Gravitas, the new Tata SUV will get a 6 seat layout and a taller roofline. Mahindra will launch an all-new XUV500 crossover next year, and the new XUV500 is expected to offer both petrol and diesel engines. Both manual and automatic gearbox options will be offered on the XUV500, which will continue to be feature-rich. It’s also likely to pack many best-in-segment features.
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