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MG Hector 7 seater launch by Mar 2020 – To take on Mahindra XUV500

Image of MG Hector based Chevy Captiva.
Image of MG Hector based Chevy Captiva.

MG Motor launched their first ever car in India last month, in the form of Hector. MG is expecting to sell around 3,000 units of the SUV per month. And thanks to the aggressive launch price of Rs 12.18 lakhs, they might just achieve their sales target, and thereby become the best selling car in the segment.

Hector is the largest SUV in its class, dwarfing SUVs like Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta and Tata Harrier in size. Even though it happens to be one of the longest SUV, it is offered in a 5-seater variant only.

However things are scheduled to change in the future. MG will be introducing a 7-seater variant of the Hector by March 2020. MG might not call it a full-fledged 7-seater but it has confirmed that there will be 3-row variant of the Hector coming into the country by early 2020.

This 3-row variant will have same external dimensions as that of the current 5-seater variant. It is to be noted that the Hector is based on the Baojun 530 SUV and the Chinese SUV is already available in both a 5 and 7 seat variant. Launch of the 7 seater variant will come at the same time when MG also updates its engine line up to meet BS6 norms.

As far as the Hector is concerned, the SUV comes with multiple segment-first features like a giant panoramic sunroof, heated ORVMs, floating turn indicators, front parking sensors, 360 degree camera, AI powered 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment and a lot more!

Offered in Style, Super, Smart and Smart variants, the prices are at Rs.12.18 lakhs for the Style Manual 6 MT and at Rs.12.98 for the Super Manual 6 MT. For the petrol hybrid variant, prices range from Rs.13.58 lakhs to Rs.15.88 lakhs for the Super, Smart and Sharp variants. The same stand at Rs.15.28 lakhs and Rs.16.78 lakhs for the Smart and Sharp petrol 7 DCT variants. The top of the line MG Hector with diesel engines mated to 6 speed MT transmission options are priced at Rs.13.18 lakhs to Rs.16.88 lakhs for all four variants. It may be mentioned here that these are introductory prices and on offer to a limited number of buyers.

Once launched, the 7-seater variant of the Hector will compete with the likes of next-gen Mahindra XUV500, Tata Harrier’s elder sibling, the Buzzard (will be called something else in India) and the 7-seater version of the 2020 Hyundai Creta. Pricing of the 7-seater variant might be a little higher than the 5-seater variant, however there shall be almost no change on the equipment level, except the possibility of additional AC vents and USB charging points for the third row.

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