MG Hector SUV specifications out ahead of June 2019 launch.
The 2.0-litre diesel engine is mated to a 6-speed manual that produces 170PS/350Nm.
While the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol with 48V mild-hybrid system makes 143PS/250Nm, to be offered with choice of 6MT or a DCT automatic.
Hector to rival Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and Mahindra XUV500.
The MG Hector will be launched in India in June 2019 and its bookings will also be opened in the same month. The Hector’s production version has now been unveiled and along with that, MG Motor has also revealed its dimensions and engine specifications. Here’s a comparison of the Hector’s dimensions against its mid-size SUV rivals.
As seen in the table above, the Hector is longer than all its rivals and has the longest wheelbase too, which may result in a relatively more spacious cabin. MG Motor has already commenced production of the Hector at its plant in Halol.
In terms of features, the Hector boasts of several segment-firsts, including a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with internet technology and an integrated e-SIM. The latter will allow owners to use the iSMART phone app to remotely control the AC, door locking and the panoramic sunroof. It will also get a 7-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster.
Safety features like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and ESP will be offered as standard across the range. The Hector has already been spotted in both higher and lower trims. The latter misses out on various chrome elements on the exterior. The variant-wise feature breakup will likely be disclosed at the time of launch only.
Reportedly, the Hector will be available in four variants. It will be introduced as a five-seater SUV initially. However, a seven-seater version is expected to follow later on. The five-seater Hector will offer 587 litres of luggage space, which MG claims is the best in the segment.
Details of the MG Hector’s powertrain options have also been announced. The 2.0-litre diesel-manual is the same engine that’s on offer on the Jeep Compass. MG is also bringing a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system mated to a 6-speed DCT in the Hector SUV. The mild hybrid system is said to improve efficiency using technology such as engine start-stop and regenerative braking. It will also offer an extra boost of torque for better acceleration in start-stop traffic conditions. Here are the details of both the engines:
The Hector seems to be a promising rival to the Tata Harrier and others with its large size and various segment-first technology. MG is expected to launch it with a starting price of Rs 15 lakh and it will go on to rival the likes of the Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500 and Hyundai Tucson too.
MG Hector: Live Feeds
Bookings will open in June; will be showcased in showrooms soon
MG Motor has confirmed that the Hector will be launched in June and the pre-launch bookings will also open in June. The carmaker will, however, showcase the Hector in its showrooms before launch so that you can take a good look at the SUV before signing on the dotted line.
No dual-tone exterior colour option on offer
Various leaks, teaser images and videos reveal that the Hector will be available in five exterior colour options, including red, white, grey/silver, deep purple and black. It is likely to come with monotone exterior colour options only for now.
Gets a segment-first 48V mild hybrid setup
MG will offer its own 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine on the Hector. We’ve previously confirmed that there will be a 48V mild hybrid option available with the petrol engine in India. The base variant of the Hector is likely to come with the petrol engine minus the mild hybrid tech. The petrol engine will be available with both manual and automatic transmission options.
Diesel engine from Compass; available with manual transmission only
Reportedly, the Hector will be available in four variants. A 2.0-litre diesel engine paired with manual transmission is expected to be offered across the range. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is the same unit that’s on offer on the Jeep Compass as well. It is likely to develop maximum power in the range of 170PS in the Hector.
Will get a large panoramic sunroof, another first-in-segment feature
The Hector is the first SUV in its segment to get a large panoramic sunroof. Rivals like XUV500, Tucson and Compass do get an electric sunroof, though.
Amongst the first cars in India with internet connectivity
The infotainment system also gets an eSIM from Airtel for continuous internet access, enabling MG to send over-the-air updates for the Hector.
Gets a class-leading 10.4-inch touchscreen
The 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system is the star of the Hector’s cabin. It is the largest one in the segment with plenty of tech as well for connected car technology and an AI-enabled voice recognition for the digital assistant that can be triggered using the phrase “Hello MG”.
MG Motor’s Entry Into India
The Hector will mark MG Motor’s debut in India. It will be first launched as a 5-seater SUV, but a 7-seater version is also expected to arrive later on. Amongst its rivals, only the XUV500 is available as a 7-seater in India. Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier are both sold as 5-seater SUVs.