Update: IndianAuto has shared a new video of a batch of MG Hector prototypes that were spotted in Delhi recently.
22 May 2019 -
An IAB reader who prefers to remain anonymous has shared a video of a top-end MG Hector in Glaze Red being driven in the daylight. As the upcoming model has been officially unveiled, there's no camouflage on the test mule.
The Hector will mark the debut of the British brand MG in India. Chinese auto conglomerate owns this brand now. For those new to the Hector, it's basically a reskinned 530 from the low-cost Baojun brand formed by the SAIC-GM-Wuling tripartite joint venture. The same C-SUV is sold under two more brands internationally - Chevrolet (as Captiva) and Wuling (as Almaz). The Hector is distinguished from the other three models with a unique radiator grille and the twin-pod LED headlights.
The MG Hector will offer quite a unique proposition, thanks to 16 first-in-segment features, including 360-degree camera view, front parking sensors, 7-inch coloured MID, reclining second-row seat, ambient lighting with 8 colour options, 10.4-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system, comprehensive connectivity suite, 4-way power adjustable co-driver seat, 48-volt mild-hybrid technology and more.
The MG Hector 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). The transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and 6-speed dual-clutch automatic (with only petrol engine). The claimed fuel economy rating of the C-SUV will be 14.16 km/l (petrol-MT)/13.96 km/l (petrol-DCT)/17.41 km/l (diesel-MT).
The MG Hector will be available in a mild-hybrid variant that uses an electric motor powered by a 48-volt battery in addition to the aforementioned petrol engine as well. The mild-hybrid system reduces the fuel consumption by 12%, but the fuel economy rating of the mild-hybrid variant isn't out yet. This variant will be available with only a 6-speed MT.
The MG Hector will go on sale in June and likely cost somewhere in the INR 15-20 lakh (ex-showroom) range. After this C-SUV, India will get the MG eZS B-SUV this year. The road testing of this pure electric model, which will be a CBU import, has already commenced.