MG Motor is working on a facelift of the Hector which is currently their entry-level SUV for the Indian market. Recently, more images of the new SUV have surfaced which gives us a bit more detail about the facelift. The changes to the SUV are cosmetic. So, there will be no changes made to the mechanical bits of the car. The SUV will be launching this month and it has already reached dealerships.
From the images, we can see that MG has worked on the small niggles that people had with the Hector. The manufacturer has increased the size of the diamond-cut alloy wheels to 18-inches instead of 17-inches which used to come with the current generation. People always thought that the size of the alloy wheels was a bit small for the size of the SUV as big as Hector. Then we get a new revised front grille, which gets chrome dots and a chrome boundary running all around. The chrome now extends all the way upto the LED Daytime Running Lamps.
It still gets split headlamp design. So, the main headlight unit is placed in the lower half of the bumper which gets a C-shaped chrome surround. We also get a silver faux skid plate and a mesh grille in the lower half of the bumper. From the side profile, there are no prominent changes to the SUV except the new 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. At the rear also there is only one subtle change. The reflective strip that used to connect the rear tail lamps is now finished in black instead of red.
The cabin of the Hector will also get a few updates. From the pictures we can see that the upholstery is finished in Beige, this means that we will be getting a dual-tone theme cabin instead of all-black theme which we have seen on the current Hector. This will help in opening up a sense of airiness for the occupants and will also look more premium when compared to the single theme layout of the current Hector.
MG Motors will also be adding new features to Hector so that it can stand better against the competition. They are adding features like wireless charging pad and ventilated seats. So, the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos will not be the only SUVs that will be offering the ventilated seats.
MG Motors is the third manufacturer to add ventilated seats to their cars. Both the driver and the front passenger will be getting the functionality of ventilated seats. The manufacturer will also add some USB ports in the cabin that will make it easier for the occupants to charge their mobile devices. MG Hector will continue to offer features like rear AC vents, cruise control, voice commands, panoramic sunroof, OTA updates and much more. It will still get the same 10.4-inch vertical touchscreen infotainment system that comes with pre-loaded applications, ‘Hello MG’ voice command function, i-Smart connected car technology and a lot more.
Powering the MG Hector Facelift will be the same set of engines that we have seen on the current Hector. So, there will be 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre petrol hybrid, and the 2.0-litre diesel engine. The Fiat-sourced diesel engine makes 170 PS of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. It is only offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The petrol and the petrol hybrid engine produces 141 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. Whereas, the petrol engine is also offered with a Dual-Clutch automatic gearbox. Currently, MG Hector starts from Rs. 12.83 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way upto Rs. 18.08 lakhs ex-showroom.