Slated for launch in June this year, the MG Hector is expected to have a starting price of around INR 15 lakh (ex-showroom). This would make it a natural rival to the Tata Harrier and the Jeep Compass, both of which are also locally manufactured C-SUVs. While the rivals in its segment* are already feature-loaded and some offer very unique propositions, the newly introduced MG Hector still manages to surprise with its long list of features, 16 of which are segment-first.
MG Hector - First-in-Segment Features
360-degree camera view
Front parking sensors
Three-point seatbelts for all five passengers
Floating turn indicators
LED front and rear fog lamps
7-inch coloured MID
Reclining second-row seat
Ambient lighting with 8 colour options
10.4-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system
Comprehensive connectivity suite
Premium sound system from Infinity
4-way power adjustable co-driver seat
48-volt mild-hybrid technology
The MG Hector's series production has already commenced at MG's Halol facility in Gujarat. As per latest reports, the company has set an annual sales target of 18,000 units. To get things in perspective, the Jeep Compass registered sales of 18,287 units last year, which makes for 1,524 average monthly sales. The new-comer Tata Harrier recorded a monthly sales of 2,492 units in March 2019 and 2,075 units in April 2019 which is clearly higher, thanks to its more affordable entry-price.
MG's debut SUV will be available with a 1.5L turbocharged petrol engine (143 PS/250 Nm) and a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine (170 PS/350 Nm). 6-speed manual and 6-speed dual-clutch automatic (with only petrol engine) will be the transmission choices. The fuel economy rating will be 14.16 km/l (petrol-MT)/13.96 km/l (petrol-DCT)/17.41 km/l (diesel-MT). The 48-volt mild-hybrid system will be available optionally only in the petrol-MT configuration(s). It will offer 12% savings in fuel consumption. The fuel economy figure of the electrified variant isn't available yet.
Following the MG Hector, India will get the MG eZS. This pure electric SUV, which was spied in the country for the first time this week, will arrive as a CBU import priced north of INR 20 lakh (ex-showroom) towards the year-end.
*Excludes imported models