The MG Hector has been unveiled. The car. The car is going to be launched in the second half of next month. The car has been extensively covered by us in the leaked spy shots, but we have now brought you the cars official pics. Check them out. The car will be the most feature loaded SUV in the segment. It will be available in four trims – Style, Super, Smart and Sharp. A total of 13 versions will be there among the 4 variants. This will give the car a bigger price range. A quick overview of its size and dimensions – At 4,655mm, the MG Hector is longer than the Tata Harrier and Mahindra XUV500 but isn’t as wide as the other too. It does have the longest wheelbase at – 2,750mm. The Hector’s boot capacity stands at 587 litres. The engine specifications stand with the Hector getting a 1.5-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel, both of which are available with a manual and an automatic. This will be a very good combination to offer buyers from the get-go. Apart from al of this, this is the car that is being touted as the first Internet Car in the country with its I-smart system.
MG India has so far invested INR 2,200 crores in its Gujarat manufacturing plant to roll out the much-awaited MG Hector. The company has set up new assembly line, new press shop, new body shop, new parts distribution center, testing track and a state-of-the-art training facility in the plant, within a short span of 18 months. MG’s Halol plant currently has a production capacity of 80,000 units per annum and has the provision to increase the capacity going forward depending upon the requirement. Below are the clear pictures of the car’s front and rear.
MG Hector Launch
MG will launch this product in India next month. The vehicle will be made in the MG’s Halol plant. This will the first product to be launched in India by MG. MG will be then launching a product every year in India. For the Hector, MG will be launching the car in the second half of next month.
|MG Hector||Mid- June -2019|
MG Hector Price in India
So the diesel motor that will be used in the MG SUV will be the Fiat units used in the Jeep Compass. The size of the car will be close to that of the Hyundai Tuscon and the Honda CRV. These attributes paired with a strong pricing strategy will make the MG brand unstoppable. The car is looking to slot itself in the Rs 15 lakhs to Rs 20 lakh price range. This price range will be a very strong and competitive price segment to get into. With that kind of pricing the car car will be competing with the Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and the Mahindra XUV500.
|MG Hector base variant||Rs 15 lakhs|
|MG Hector top variant||Rs 20 lakhs|
MG Hector Key Features
MG Hector! The name ‘Hector’ draws inspiration from the noble qualities of the Trojan warrior hero – Prince Hector of Troy. It pays homage to great British engineering tradition, as a nod to the Royal Hector biplane, used by the Royal Air Force in the 1930s. But after today it seems that the name is the only historical bit about this car. The Hector is going to come with a lot of features packed in its I-Smart system that will be made with the help of it’s partners as mentioned above. The cars biggest and most impressive feature is going to be the voice assistant and the app-based integrations offered by the MG.net app. The voice assist wakes up as soon as one says – ‘Hello MG’ and the car can control and perform a host of features like – Air Conditioning, Music, sunroof open-close and a lot more. You can perform more tasks than a normal voice assist which only reads out messages or places calls. The Pulse-Hub concierge service helps in finding restaurants, placing orders and doing payment transactions too. The system also has an E-Call feature that helps in emergencies.
Here are 8 things we think you should know about the upcoming MG Hector –
- The MG Hector Will be available with both petrol and diesel engines
- It is bigger than the Harrier and the Tuscon (scroll down for dimensions)
- it will be highly localized, MG claims 75% localization
- The car will get more premium with soft-touch materials, first in class features and a 12.1-inch touchscreen
- it will be available with a subscription service
- It will be available with MG’s I-Smart system that has been developed with several new technologies
- It will have remote start-stop available
- The MG Hector will get a personalized experience for buying and servicing of the car
MG Hector Specifications
The premium car that will be the MG Hector, is going to be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel. The manual gearbox is to be a 6-speed unit while the automatic is a dual-clutch set-up. The 1.5-litre turbo-petrol in the MG Hector is going to produce 143bhp of power along with 250Nm of peak torque. Both engines will be sourced from Fiat. The Jeep Compass’ diesel motor will do duty on the MG SUV too. Recently a bunch of MG SUV’s have been spotted along with a Hyundai Tucson. This shows that the Chinese automaker is benchmarking its first Indian product against the premium Hyundai offering. MG Motor India MD, Mr Rajeev Chaba has revealed that the SUV is a mid-sized C segment SUV. It is not a Hyundai Creta or Jeep Compass rival in any way, but a much bigger and a more premium offering. Apart from this, the car will get 17-inch alloy wheels from the base variant.
MG Hector Dimensions
Measuring 4,655mm in length, 1,835mm in width and 1,760mm in height, the MG is longer and taller than Tata’s Land Rover-platform-based Harrier and even the Hyundai Tucson. As the Hector will only have seats for five, expect a roomy cabin and a large boot.
MG Hector Walkaround Video
MG Hector Interior and Design
The interior first! The car looks like it’s borrowing details like the air vents, instrument cluster, door handles and the handbrake lever from it’s SAIC cousins the MG Baojun 530 and the Roewe RX5. The car gets a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, a digital instrument console and features like lane assist, park assist and 6 airbags for safety. The front driver seat will be electrically adjustable too. Its exterior styling is boxy and traditional. It also gets 17-inch alloy wheels. The interior is upmarket and plush too, with leather seats, soft-touch materials on the dashboard and chrome surround for the AC vents. The car will also get a DRLs which will turn into turn signals like the Harrier. The below image shows us how this DRL will be an individual unit, separate from the main headlight cluster.
MG Hector Images
MG Hector I-Smart Features
Coming back to the I-Smart technology on the car, the MG Hector gets a large 10.4-inch touchscreen that acts as the center console of the car. It will also get tech connectivity features like eSIM which is in collaboration with Airtel. The car gets OTA (Over The Air) technology and updates. The OS, experience, apps and interface of this system is developed by MG India in collaboration with companies like Airtel, Cisco, Adobe, AccuWeather Microsoft, SAP, Nuance, Ganna, Panasonic and TomTom. Another new development is that the car will have tech connectivity features like eSIM. The upcoming MG cars aim at offering a connected mobility experience that would be able to do almost everything that a smartphone can. The OS on this car will be designed to behave in complete pairing with the phone. So a feature like Mirror-Link too can be seen. The platform will not just be able to inform drivers about cars health but can also provide passenger health information. With an eSIM, the MG Hector will offer always-connected experience with navigation, apps, multimedia and transactions as well. This connected car is IPv6 ready and is OTA-enabled. This is similar to getting OTA updates on smartphones and MG could push out software features and inform drivers about the health of car parts, etc directly. OTA mobility is something seen on Tesla cars. And while having its own operating system, it will come with a separate app for Android and iOS.
MG Hector Subscription
British car manufacturer MG Motors is set to make its entry in India and has collaborated with Indian car-rental service, Myles cars. This collaboration will help customers hire MG Motors’ first entry in India and their latest SUV, the Hector.MG says that this partnership will allow the company to leverage the existing network of Myles across 21 cities, once the company launches its first model in Q2, 2019. This will be in addition to MG’s own network of 110 sales and service dealerships at the start of sales.
This collaboration is an effort by MG Motors to cater to the evolving requirements of the new age customers, as per Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India. The company also plans to extend the subscription model to its second launch, a full-fledged electric vehicle, by the end of this year.
MG Hector Competition
The car will compete with the Creta, Compass, upcoming Kia SP, Nissan Kicks and the Tata Harrier in terms of size and pricing. The Hector is bigger than these cars and has a more premium look for sure.
- Upcoming Kia SP
- Nissan Kicks
- Tata Harrier
- Value For Money