MG’s first round of launches in India will include the Hector and the EZS, both arriving this year. Following these, the company will launch a 7-seat C-SUV and a conventional B-SUV, as per a new report from The Times of India.
The report suggests that the strategy of MG for its C-SUV is similar to that of Tata Motors. The company will first launch the 5-seat Hector, in the second quarter of this year (April-June 2019). Then, it will release a 7-seat version of it, and this more family-oriented version could have a different name, and perhaps a lengthier body. Tata Motors launched the Harrier last month and it will launch its 7-seat version with a different name at the end of the year.
It is worth noting that the MG Hector is just a reskinned Baojun 530, which is already available in a 7-seat version optionally in China, without dimensional changes. The fourth model planned for India, like the MG EZS, is also a B-SUV. The second B-SUV will employ petrol and/or diesel engine(s) and go up against the sub-4 metre Maruti Vitara Brezza or the premium Hyundai Creta - both of which are leaders in their respective segment. It could have a starting price of under INR 10 lakh.
When MG launches its first model in India, the Hector, it will have over 100 sales outlets and services stations across 65 cities. The EZS, a Hyundai Kona Electric rival, will follow around October.