Waiting Period Extends, MG Stops Hector Bookings

  • Jul 19, 2019

Morris Garages (MG), which debuted in India with the Hector, has stopped accepting bookings for the midsized sports utility vehicle (SUV). Hector pre-launch bookings opened on 4 June and, according to the company, 21,000 units of the car has already been booked. While MG has confirmed that the bookings will resume shortly, the next phase of deliveries is unlikely to happen before next year.

The waiting period of the MG Hector had earlier shot up to eight months in several cities. Industry experts believe that customers unable to book the Hector may zero in on the Kia Seltos since both cars fall in the same price bracket. The Seltos will be launched on 22 August, and the Korean manufacturer has already started pre-bookings of the midsized SUV. The Seltos may be priced between ₹10 lakh to ₹16 lakh (ex-showroom).

MG is reportedly planning to ramp up Hector’s production to up to 3,000 units by October.

The MG Hector is available in four trims and is priced between ₹12.18 lakh to ₹16.88 lakh (ex-showroom). The car is available in a choice of diesel and petrol motors. The 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 250Nm peak torque and 143PS maximum power. The 2.0-litre diesel motor produces 350Nm peak torque and 170PS maximum power. Both engines have a 6-speed manual gear system as standard, while the diesel motor has an optional 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT). A 48V mild hybrid version of the petrol Hector is also available with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The MG Hector is reportedly one of the most feature-rich cars in its class. It has a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 360-degree camera, powered tailgate, eSim enabled connected car technology, panoramic sunroof, front parking sensors, and up to six airbags. Besides Kia Seltos, it will compete with the Jeep Compass in the Indian market.


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