One of the most hotly-anticipated models of this year, the MG Hector, was spotted undergoing testing ahead of its launch in June 2019. The test mule spotted was completely undisguised and was finished in a metallic brown shade.
The upcoming MG Hector is a five-seater SUV that shares its platform with the Baojun 530 and is almost identical to the Chinese SUV from the outside. It gets a split headlight design with LED DRLs on top and LED headlights positioned lower on the front bumper. A large chrome mesh front grille, diamond-cut alloy wheels and faux front and rear skid plates are all part of the package too. However, the rear overhang does look oversized, while the wheels look a bit too small.
In terms of features, the Hector is expected to be equipped with a 360-degree camera, a Harman Infinity audio system, a six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, push-button start, keyless entry, cruise control and a tyre pressure monitoring system. MG Motor also revealed details of the Hector’s connectivity features at its DriveIn event that was held in New Delhi recently. The Hector’s connectivity feature suite will include AI-powered Voice Assist, pre-loaded apps and the ability to receive over-the-air updates.
Engine options for the Hector will include a 143hp, 1.5-litre, turbo-petrol and a FCA-sourced, 2.0-litre diesel. A 6-speed manual will be available as standard on both engines, with the turbo-petrol also getting the option of a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Also on offer will be a 48-volt mild-hybrid variant that is claimed to be 12 percent more fuel efficient than the petrol variant.
The MG Hector's price is expected to be in the Rs 15-20 lakh range (ex-showroom) which will see it rival the Jeep Compass and the Tata Harrier. Presently, the brand is in the process of setting up 50 dealerships with up to 120 touchpoints before the launch of the Hector SUV.