MG is starting the new year with a show of intent by launching the 2021 updated MG Hector. The SUV now gets a 7-seater Plus model as well. Read on for the full story.
MG Motors finally entered the Indian auto market in June 2019 with the Hector. The SUV has been met with a positive response from buyers and MG quickly followed it up with new products like the ZS EV, Hector Plus six-seater and the Gloster full-size SUV. But after an initial boost in sales, the Hector and six-seater Plus variants’ sales have tapered off somewhat, with the 2020 Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos taking the sales lead in recent times. In a bid to garner interest to the brand in the new calendar year, MG Motors today launched the facelifted version of the Hector. In addition to the six-seater Hector Plus, a fully-fledged seven-seater version has been added to the range as well. The 2021 MG Hector is priced between Rs. 12.89 lakh and Rs. 19.12 lakh (ex-showroom).
Though the MG Hector has been on sale for only two years in the Indian market, the facelifted version comes with noticeable updates and changes to lengthen the shelf life of the current model. The Hector sports a more upright front-end with a redesigned grille with a chrome studded pattern inspired from the ZS range. There are also a new set of 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, a two-tone interior replacing the all-black one, and several new features. The features list continues to boast of LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, LED fog lamps, LED tail lamps, heated ORVMs, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.4-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system, ambient lighting, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, rear AC, AI-based voice recognition, OTA updates and a host of connectivity-based features with embedded SIM card.
Mechanically, the 2021 MG Hector continues the same powertrain options. It will continue with its FCA-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine which churns out 170 PS/350 Nm of peak power and torque. The 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine makes max power and torque figures of 143 PS/250 Nm respectively. The petrol engine can also be had with mild-hybrid tech for start/stop functionality and additional torque boost. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard while the turbo-petrol variants also get a DCT gearbox.