Ahead of launch, MG has been extensively testing the Hector across India. Last month, enthusiasts spotted the car testing in Manali. Now, another automotive enthusiast, Harish Reddy from Bangalore has spotted the car. But unlike the previous variants, which were spotted with alloy wheels, this one is spied wearing steel wheels.
Based on the China-spec Baojun 530, the MG Hector has been completely re-engineered to comply with Indian driving conditions and demands of buyers in the country. It will be positioned on the same platform as that seen on the Baojun 530, which stands at 4,655mm in length, 1,835mm in width and 1,760mm in height with a wheelbase measuring 2,750mm. This puts it in the same league of SUVs like Skoda Kodiaq, Toyota Fortuner, etc.
Interiors of the MG Hector will feature leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, vertically mounted touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system will also sport 360 degree camera, to give surround view.
The instrument console has a digital MID, positioned between the tachometer and speedometer. It gets push button start, steering mounted controls, cruise control and electronic parking brake. MG Hector will be one of the most feature loaded car in the segment. It will also get Audi-like dynamic turn indicator LEDs.
MG Hector will get its power via a Fiat sourced 2.0 liter Multijet diesel engine. This is the same engine which powers Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier. It could also get a 1.5 liter petrol engine. MG Motors plans 100 sales and service points in India by May 2019. These have been carefully chosen, to deliver best in class buying and after sales experience to their customers.
MG Motors will marks its entry into the Indian automotive market with Hector SUV. New MG Hector will be produced at the company plant in Halol, Gujarat from mid 2019. It will come with over 70 percent localization, which will allow the company to price the car competitively against rivals like Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass etc. Price is expected to start from Rs 15 lakhs.