MG India’s first product has been a huge success for the company. Not only it has managed to achieve 50k bookings in record time, it has also become the best selling car in its segment.
MG Motor India has announced today that the booking numbers of Hector SUV has crossed the record mark of 50,000. This is a new record for a car in this segment. What was initially expected to sell about 1,500 units a month, today sells more than 3,000 units a month. MG India has updated the Hector petrol variants to meet BS6 standard. The diesel variants are still BS4. Expect the diesel Hector to be updated to BS6 next month.
Gaurav Gupta, Chief Commercial Officer – MG Motor India, said, “The HECTOR continues its’ strong momentum in the Indian market, crossing the 50,000-mark in terms of bookings received in just 8 months since its launch. We continue to accelerate this momentum by opening new brand outlets closer to our prospective customers in tier-I and tier-II cities. With plans to launch the HECTOR PLUS 6-seater family version in Q3 2020, we aim to further strengthen the HECTOR brand in India.”
With the BS 6 emission compliance norms kicking in from 1st April, most OEMs have started introducing BS6 versions of their current models. MG Motor, one of the newest automaker in the country too is now getting its BS6 emission norms compliant Hector ready. Petrol Hector BS6 is already launch and the company intends to launch diesel Hector in March’20.
MG won’t be bringing in any change in the BS6 compliant Hector, except the obvious minor tweaks in the engines. MG will continue to offer 3 engine options, namely the 2 litre diesel, 1.5 litre turbo petrol and a 1.5 litre turbo petrol motor which will come mated to a 48V mild hybrid system. The petrol engines will need minor updates to make them BS 6 compliant and as per speculation, the price increase in petrol models is INR 26K.
The diesel motor will need more investment, including installation of a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and an Urea tank. MG is interested to add in an auto start-stop technology which would aid in improving the fuel efficiency of the SUV. Taking into account these additional expenses, the diesel variant of the BS6 Hector is expected to cost around INR 1.25 lakh more than the one which is on sale currently.
There will be no change in the gearbox configurations. Customers will get both 6-speed MT & DCT options though the diesel variant will solely be offered with a 6-speed MT. For customers who had booked their Hectors in advance, MG will land up providing BS 6 compliant Hector if it runs out of the BS 4 compliant stock.