MG Motor’s debut vehicle in India, the Hector has been in news since some time now. A lot of details about the Tata Harrier rival is already out by now including the engine options and cabin features. The launch event of the SUV is expected to happen in the first half of 2020 while the official unveil will happen on the 15th of May. The Hector is a 5 seater SUV that will take on the likes of the XUV500 and the Tata harrier upon being launched in India. Owned by the Chinese auto giant SAIC Motor, MG is a British brand with the Hector being its first vehicle for India.
Recently, the company hired Benedict Cumberbatch as its brand ambassador to endorse the Hector. On the exteriors front, it features a split headlamp design with LED DRLs on top and LED headlights lower in the bumper. The top end variants will get a lot of chrome while the lower end variant will get silver plastic inserts. On the inside, MG has equipped the Hector quite lavishly. The SUV will come with a large 10.4-inch touch infotainment system in portrait style and will be equipped with AI support. This will enable several features like AI-powered Voice Assist, pre-loaded apps and the ability to receive over-the-air updates. It will also get an inbuilt e-SIM and will be 5G ready.
Talking about the engines on the Hector, MG will offer both petrol and diesel engine options on the SUV when it comes here. The diesel engine will be a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre engine that is also found under the hood of the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier in the market, albeit in different tunes. The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit. Both these engines will get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard while the petrol engine will also get a 6-speed DCT box as an option. Further, MG will also introduce a 48-volt mild hybrid version with the petrol powered variants in India that is said to be 12 per cent more efficient than the regular petrol variants.
The company has not revealed any approximate price range of the SUV yet but expect it to be priced between the Rs. 15-20 lakh price bracket. This means that its rivals will also include the Jeep Compass and the upcoming Tata Cassini apart from the Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Harrier. The high-end features and attractive body design are some of the plus points for the Hector but it remains to be seen how well it performs in sales in the real-world sense as factors like dealerships and after-sales service will also play a big role there. As of now, MG has appointed around 50 dealers across the country and shown the Hector to them.