The MG Hector couldn’t have asked for a better start in the Indian market which is usually not kind to new automotive brands, especially the ones which have ties to China. MG Motor India should be credited for not putting a foot wrong so far. The SUV is well equipped, has a good design, and the pricing and timing of launch are just right.
The Hector is sitting on 28,000 orders and with deliveries in full swing, it was only a matter of time before one of the early owners decided to customize their spanking new SUV with aftermarket bits. We have come across what could be the first personalized MG Hector in the country.
An Ahmadabad-based owner has swapped the Hector’s stock alloy wheels and tyres with 18-inch forged Incubus alloy wheels and 225/50-R18 Falcon tyres. The stock configuration is 215/60-R17. The installation is done by Shreeji Tyre Spot, Ahmedabad.
The aftermarket Incubus alloy wheels carry a price tag of Rs 55,000 for a set of four while the Falcon Tyres are priced at Rs 12,500 apiece. The MG dealer in Ahmadabad bought the brand new stock tyres and alloy wheels back for Rs 35,000. So, effective price of the upgrade is Rs 70,000. The five-twin spoke Incubus alloy wheels do look good on the SUV.
MG Hector has been disrupting the premium SUV segment ever since its arrival in late June. The incumbents Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier has been feeling the pressure. Such is the popularity of the new arrival that MG had to close the bookings in just a matter of few weeks as waiting period soared.
The company managed to dispatch 1,508 units in the first full month of sales and is currently planning to increase the production rate of the SUV to 3,000 units per month by September to ensure timely deliveries.
In a bid to reassure the customers who are waiting for the Hector, MG Motor India recently sent an email update confirming the proposed month of delivery. With Kia Seltos also generating a lot of interest and excitement among prospective customers, it is imperative for MG to stick to the delivery timeline to avoid customers migrating to the next new kid on the block.