MG Motor will soon launch its first vehicle in the Indian car market. The British car maker owned the Chinese automobile giant SAIC will launch their first product in the Indian market later this year and it will be officially known as the Hector. It will be a mid-size SUV and would take on the likes of Jeep Compass and upcoming Tata Harrier.
The upcoming SUV is yet to be unveiled by the brand officially but they have shown a heavily camouflaged version of the vehicle in the video. The name revealing video also shows the camouflaged vehicle being testing in the cold weather and icy conditions. MG Motor will officially launch the car in the Indian market in the first half of this year.
MG Motor has been working to locally manufacture the upcoming car and target to achieve at least 75% localisation before the launch. The high percentage of localisation will ensure that it gets a competitive price tag when launched. The vehicle has been spotted testing on the Indian roads several times but under the heavy camouflage. The all-new vehicle is specifically being developed for the launch in the Indian market and is based on one of the SAIC SUVs available in the Chinese market.
The upcoming MG Motor SUV would be quite big in terms of size. The size of the vehicle is expected to be similar to the big SUVs like the CR-V but the price is expected to remain around the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier’s level. This would make the competition fierce and in a price-sensitive market like India, MG Motor can get an advantage.
The spy videos and images show that the upcoming MG Motor SUV would get full LED headlamps and all other bulbs like the turn indicators and interior lighting would be full LED too. The SUV was earlier seen with sweeping indicators just like the ones on the high-end Audi vehicles. Other features expected in the upcoming car are the sunroof and machined alloy wheels. On the inside, the all-new car would get a long list of features including a 360-degree parking camera, a flat bottom steering, dual-tone dashboard and a flat rear floor to give maximum space to the occupants.
MG Motor is sourcing the 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine from Fiat to power the all-new SUV. It is the same engine that also powers the Jeep Compass and the Tata Harrier in the Indian market. However, the final output of the engine is not known. In the Tata Harrier, the 2.0-litre diesel engine produces a maximum of 138 Bhp and 350 Nm. The same engine produces a maximum of 170 Bhp. MG motor is expected to tune the power to around 170 Bhp. It will also get a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a six-speed Dual-Clutch automatic transmission.