IAB reader Armaan Jain has spotted two test mules of the MG Hector on the outskirts of Pune. Earlier this month, IAB reader Yash Thakkar had spotted the C-SUV undergoing road testing near its manufacturing facility in Halol, Gujarat. Its launch is programmed in mid-2019 (May-August 2019).
The MG Hector is one of the four versions of SAIC-GM-Wuling’s third SUV. China gets it as the Baojun 530; for India, there’s the MG Hector; in Indonesia, it is the Wuling Almaz that was unveiled this week; and in Latin America, GM retails it as the all-new Chevrolet Captiva. Each version is distinguished with a unique radiator grille and badges.
At 4.7 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and 1.8 metres tall, the Hector is quite large for a C-SUV, and MG will likely leverage the dimensions to launch a three-row version in the future. The company will sell it with two engine options: 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel. FCA will the supply the latter and both engines will meet the more stringent, BSVI emission norms.
The MG Hector has a Euro-style two-tier front light setup that is a rage among SUVs. Key features will likely include dynamic turn indicators, portrait-style touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration, two-tone black/brown interior colour scheme, 7-inch driver information display and 360-degree camera.
Priced from INR 12.69 lakh*, the Tata Harrier is over INR 2.5 lakh* cheaper than the Jeep Compass (INR 15.39 lakh* onwards), which is the benchmark in its segment currently. MG will likely launch the Hector at a more aggressive price. Reports say that the C-SUV will have around 80% localisation. Initially, the company will have 45 dealerships in India, with the first dealership located in the Elante mall in Chandigarh and set to open by May.