MG Hector Spotted In Undisguised Form

  • Mar 19, 2019

The MG Hector SUV has been spied without camouflage for the first time ever while shooting for a TV commercial in the UK. Behind the wheel was the Doctor Strange actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. Being the first MG offering in the country, it is slated to debut in May. Thereafter, it will be launched in June.

On the outside, the MG Hector gets honeycomb front grille with chrome surround flanked by dual-function LED daytime running lights. The MG brand logo has been positioned in the centre of the grille. The headlamps, likely to be LED units, are placed below the LED DRLs that also work as turn indicators. The fog lamps get a position lower down the front bumper, which comes with a silver-coloured cladding.

The shoulder line is quite sharp and the pillars including B, C and D have been blacked-out which lends the SUV a floating roof effect. While the squared-off wheel arches make up for a modern SUV appeal, the multi-spoke alloys seem a tad small for the big SUV. The taillamps look inspired by the Audi SUVs. Additionally, at the back, there is a dual-tone bumper that gets a silver colour skid plate and a shark-fin antenna on the roof.

The interiors, although haven’t been spied yet on the production-spec model, are likely to feature a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system (segment’s first), a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, e-sim technology for seamless and uninterrupted internet connectivity. Moreover, expect the Hector SUV to come with leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, push-button start and auto climate control.

In the safety department, the Hector is expected to come with ABS with EBD, six airbags, front and rear parking sensors, 360-degree camera, electronic stability program, brake assist, hill hold control, tyre pressure monitoring system, seatbelt reminder for front passenger and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

The MG Hector will be available with Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine that pumps out a max power of 173PS and a peak torque of 350Nm mated to just a 6-speed manual gearbox. This engine is currently fitted inside the Jeep Compass. Additionally, there will a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine on offer that produces 143PS of power and 250Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed DCT.

Expected to be priced in the range of Rs 15 lakh and Rs 20 lakh (Ex-showroom), the MG Hector will compete against the likes of the Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier, and Hyundai Tucson in the Indian market.


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