Images of an uncamouflaged unit of the MG Hector have swarmed the web space ahead of the official debut next quarter. The repurposed Baojun 530 was caught during its TVC shoot with actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
The MG Hector is distinguished from the original Chinese SUV with a distinctive chrome-finished honeycomb grille. It features a Euro-style two-tier light setup and sports dallops of chrome on the bumper at the front. On the sides, there's a set of machined alloy wheels. A faux aluminium skid plate for the front and rear bumper give the SUV a rugged look.
Noteworthy features of the interior include a 10.4-inch portrait-style touchscreen infotainment system, panoramic sunroof, 7-inch driver information display, power-adjustable seats, Harman Infinity audio system comprising four speakers, four tweeters and a subwoofer and a 360-degree camera. The company will reveal several segment-first tech features of the new model at 'drive.in' tech forum on 2 April.
Engine options for the MG Hector include a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an FCA-sourced 2.0-litre diesel mill. The former will reportedly produce a maximum power of 143 PS and a peak torque of 250 Nm. The oil-burner will be the FCA-sourced Multijet II motor that outputs 173 PS and 350 Nm for the Jeep Compass. Transmission options will include a dual-clutch automatic gearbox for the petrol version. The indigenously developed automatic unit will offer a Sport mode and paddle-shifters.
The MG Hector will be launched in India in the April-June period. Prices of the new SUV are likely to be kept around the INR 15 lakh (ex-showroom) mark. It will lock horns with the likes of Tata Harrier, Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass.