The highly anticipated Hector has finally arrived in Goa for display, earlier this month the MG dealership was innurgauted at Taleigao. Bookings have also been opened at Rs 50,000 and can be booked online through MG’s website as well.
Based on the Chinese spec Baojun 530 SUV, the Hector gets a dominating front end with the massive front grille with a thick chrome bar, slim LED daytime running lights with turn indicator function, LED headlamps and LED fog lamps mounted in the bumper and a large skid plate. The side profile rides on 17-inch alloy wheels which end up looking puny in the large wheel arches. It also gets a floating roof effect at the rear and Morris Garages badging in chrome on the lower portion of the doors. At the rear there’s a steeply raked glass, LED taillamps and roof spoiler. Lower down in the bumper you get reverse parking lights, skid plate and dual exhausts outlets meant to mimic a dual exhaust setup.
The interior comes finished in full black trim with subtle chrome details that lend a premium look to the well finished cabin. The centre console however gets a large 10.24 inch touchscreen infortainment system that lets you control many of the car’s functions through voice recognition. It also gets a colour MID screen in the instrument cluster and steering mounted controls. The Hector for India is a strict five seater for now, while a seven seat version will come in 2020.
In terms of features the Hector comes with auto headlamps, Pananormic sunroof, heated wing mirrors, auto wipers, powered driver and co-driver seat, auto climate control, height adjustable powered tailgate, 8 colour ambient lighting, Keyless entry and go, 60:40 split rear seats, reclining second row, 8-speaker Infinity sound system and 360 degree reversing camera.
MG has also packed the Hector with an embedded sim which intends to deliver seamless connectivity through the I-smart application. The automaker says that Hector users can remotely control the sunroof, climate control, audio and a whole load more features through voice recognition that has been tested rigorously to deliver the best experience.
Powering the SUV are three engines, a 1.5 Turbo petrol hybrids, a 1.5 litre petrol standard and a 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel. The 1.5 litre in hybrid guise produces 141 bhp and 250 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 6-speed manual and DCT transmission. Next up the 1.5 litre petrol in standard guise puts out 143 bhp and 250 Nm of torque, transmission options include a 6-speed manual. The diesel on the flipside churns out 170 bhp and 350 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual only.
MG has also paid attention to safety and loaded the Hector with ESP, ABS, 6 airbags, traction control, hill hold assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, speed warning system, Driver and Co-driver seatbelt warning system and ISOFIX child safety seat mounts. Also part of the package will be remote app operation and app safety and security services to ensure that their MG is in the best condition and always in control at all times.
Built and produced at its Halol facility, the Hector is expected to go up against its rivals such as Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass. Pricing should stay in the range of Rs 12-17 lakhs (ex showroom).