Probable MG Hector Facelift Spotted

  • Jul 26, 2019

British carmaker Morris Garages (MG), which commenced its India operations last month with the Hector, is reportedly testing an updated version of the midsized sports utility vehicle (SUV). The Hector is sold as the Baojun 530 in China and the latter’s facelift version was recently spotted being tested there. The Hector is sold as the Chevrolet Captiva in Thailand and Wuling Almaz in Indonesia. The car, according to MG, is overbooked in India for 2019.

The changes in the new Hector aren’t extensive. The front of the vehicle is marginally slimmer with more sweptback LED daytime running lights (DRLs). The fascia sports a new grille with a studded honeycomb design. The updated headlights have a pentagonal housing. The car’s rear has slightly reworked taillights along with a new bumper. While images of the vehicle’s interior are yet to emerge, it’s expected to have mildly refurbished features like the exterior.

The facelift Hector is likely to retain the same diesel and petrol engines from the current version. The Hector diesel is hauled by a Fiat-made 2.0-litre unit which outputs 350Nm peak torque with 170PS maximum power. The turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine, on the other hand, produces 250Nm peak torque with 143PS maximum power. MG is also offering a 48V mild hybrid system with the petrol motor for better fuel efficiency.

The updated version of the Baojun 530 is expected to hit the streets in China later this year. The facelift MG Hector, is unlikely to be introduced in India anytime soon since it has only just begun its journey here and would affect sales. It may arrive in 2021, giving time to the current Hector to create traction in the Indian midsized SUV market.

The Hector is priced between ₹12.18 lakh to ₹16.88 lakh (ex-showroom). It competes with the Hyundai Tucson, Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and the Mahindra XUV500.


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