Series production of the MG Hector has commenced in India. Here's a video showing the C-SUV being manufactured in Halol, Gujarat. is about to kick-start its innings soon with the Hector which will be publicly revealed on May 15, 2019. The launch of the same will then take place in June this year.
MG is a British brand owned by the Chinese conglomerate SAIC. SAIC purchased GM's Halol plant and refurbished it as per its requirement. This is the facility where the MG Hector is manufactured. The company came up with new assembly line, new press shop, new body shop, new parts distribution centre, testing track and a training facility in the plant within a matter of just 18 months, which hints at the seriousness of its plans for our market.
Thanks to localisation levels of over 75%, SAIC will be able to price the MG Hector competitively. The company plans on ramping up the overall production capacity of its Halol plant from currently 80,000 units to 200,000 units in the next six years and it will be spending over INR 5,000 Crore for the same. It will offer the C-SUV with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine (143 hp/250 Nm) paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an FCA-made 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. There will be an option of a 48-volt mild-hybrid system in the petrol engine model.
The MG Hector is being marketed as a connected SUV. It offers plenty of connected vehicle features, which we have detailed in a dedicated report. Other highlights include two-tier front light setup, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lights, power tailgate, panoramic sunroof, 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 360-degree camera and 7-inch driver information display.
The MG Hector will compete with the likes of Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass in India. It will go on sale in June.