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MG Hector Launch Tomorrow: What To Expect


Here’s everything we know about India’s first connected midsize SUV

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UPDATE: The MG Hector has been launched with prices starting at Rs 12.18 lakh (ex-showroom pan India). Check out the complete pricelist and other details here

  • The MG Hector is expected to be priced from Rs 15-20 lakh.
  • Will be available in four variants -- Style, Super, Smart and Sharp.
  • Will be powered by a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol and 2.0-litre diesel.
  • 1.5-litre turbo-petrol can be had with the 48V mild-hybrid system.
  • Rivals the Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson.

MG Motor is all set to launch its first offering for India, the Hector, tomorrow. Dealers have also started accepting bookings from 4 June for a token amount of Rs 50,000 and deliveries are expected to begin soon after launch. Likely to be priced in the Rs 15-20 lakh (ex-showroom) bracket, the MG Hector will be the first midsize SUV to feature the connected-car tech. With its launch scheduled for tomorrow, here is what the MG Hector has to offer.

Aftersales and Touchpoints:

For most potential buyers, this must be a top concern, given that MG is a new brand in India. The car maker plans to have 120 touchpoints in 50 cities when it launches the Hector tomorrow.

Features And Variants:

A leaked document suggests that the MG Hector will be available in four variants -- Style, Super, Smart and Sharp. It also reveals that the Smart and Sharp variants will get MG’s i-SMART connected-car tech which is a segment-first. The Hector’s infotainment system features an embedded SIM which helps it stay connected to the internet. It offers more than 50 connected features, some of which include remote engine start/stop, immobilizing the vehicle in case of theft and more.

Apart from the connected-car tech, the MG Hector gets features like a 10.4-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, 360-degree camera, cruise control, coloured MID and more. It is also the only SUV in its segment to get full LED lighting all around.

Engine And Transmission Combo:

MG Hector

1.5-litre Turbo Petrol

1.5-litre Turbo Petrol (48V Mild-hybrid)

2.0-litre Diesel

Power (PS)

143PS

143PS

170PS

Torque (Nm)

250Nm

250Nm

350Nm

Transmission

6-speed MT/7-speed DCT

6-speed MT

6-speed MT

The 1.5-litre turbo petrol is good for 143PS/250Nm, while the 2.0-litre diesel engine is a direct lift from the Compass and churns out 170PS and 350Nm of torque. The petrol variant also comes with an optional 48V mild-hybrid system. The manufacturer claims that it improves fuel efficiency by 12 per cent and provides additional torque boost too. While all engine options come mated to a 6-speed MT, the 7-speed DCT can only be had with the turbo petrol variant.

Safety:

Top-spec variants of the Hector are loaded with safety features like six airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability program, traction control, vehicle stability management and hill hold assist. The iSMART system also brings safety features like calling emergency services in case of a crash, security alarm in case of theft and more.

Rivals:

The MG Hector will take on the likes of the Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500, the Jeep Compass and the Hyundai Tucson. We have compared it with these rivals and if you want to know our impressions after the first drive, head here for the first drive review.

Considering MG is a new brand in the country, will you consider buying the Hector over its well established rivals? Let us know in the comments section below.

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