Morris Garages has announced that it has temporality stopped accepting bookings for the Hector SUV. The company has cited the overwhelming response to be the reason behind the decision.
The car manufacturer has received an overwhelming response of 21,000 bookings since it began accepting bookings on June 4th till date. MG says it has received the highest demand for the Smart and Sharp variants with over 50% of it reserved for the petrol powered Hector.
“Our first product, MG HECTOR, has received an overwhelming response and we are unable to cater to such high initial demand. We are, therefore, closing bookings temporarily as this will help ensure timely and orderly deliveries for our customers who have shown tremendous confidence in MG. We are also working with our component suppliers to ramp up production in a gradual manner without any compromise on quality,” said Rajeev Chaba, President & MD, MG Motor India.
Launched on the 23rd June, the Hector has been a runaway success and has been well received by the customers in the Indian market. It comes with sharp and modern styling along with spacious interiors.
However the highlight of the SUV is the 10.24 inch touchscreen infortainment system known as I-smart. It comes loaded with features and technology such as embedded sim technology and Artificial Intelligence that allows users to remotely access and control opening and closing the sunroof, turning on and off the climate control, audio system and a whole load more.
Manufactured at its Halol facility in Gujarat, the British car maker has disclosed plans to extend the capacity to 3,000 units per month by October this year. Also mentioned in a press release by the company is that the date for re-opening of bookings will be announced soon.
Powering the Hector is a range of engines which include a 1.5 litre petrol that comes in standard and hybrid guise and a 2.0 litre diesel motor. The 1.5 litre petrol produces 143 bhp and 250 Nm of torque in standard guise, while in hybrid form it produces 141 bhp and 250 Nm of torque, while the 2.0 litre diesel churns out 170 bhp and 350 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and DCT automatic for the petrol and a 6-speed manual for the diesel.
The MG Hector goes up against the likes of the Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV 500, Renault Captur, Jeep Compass and the up-coming Kia Seltos.
The carmaker has already received more than 21,000 bookings for MG Hector, India’s first internet car, since bookings began on June 4. The date of re-opening of bookings will be announced at a later stage.