Earlier today, we reported that MG India has roped in British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as its brand ambassador. In a fresh development, Team-BHP member RavenAvi has claimed that the MG Hector will launch in May-end and will be priced at par with Tata Harrier and Mahindra XUV500.
Based on the Baojun 530, the MG Hector will enjoy a distinct identity owing to the several new soft parts and panels it carries. The front-end features a two-tier lighting setup, chrome finish on the upper grille and a sporty bumper with a faux skid plate. Highlights of the side profile include a set of machined alloy wheels, chrome trim on the beltline, and roof rails. The rear of the vehicle seems to take visual inspiration from the Audi Q5 and features a similar boot lid with wrap-around tail lamps.
On the inside, the MG Hector will offer various first-in-segment features, including a 10.4-inch portrait-style touchscreen infotainment system that will provide advanced connectivity options. Other highlights of the equipment list will include a panoramic sunroof, 7-inch driver information display, electric parking brake, power-adjustable seats, Harman-sourced Infinity audio system comprising four speakers, four tweeters and a subwoofer and a 360-degree camera.
Powering the MG Hector will be a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an FCA-sourced 2.0-litre turbocharged oil-burner. Transmission options for the former will include 6-speed manual and dual-clutch automatic units. The diesel motor will initially come exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission but will reportedly receive a 6-speed automatic option at a later stage. While the petrol engine will produce 143 hp and 250 Nm, the diesel motor is likely to offer 173 hp and 350 Nm.
It is being said that the deliveries of the MG Hector would commence in June-end. The new model will rival the likes of Tata Harrier, Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass.