The recently-launched MG Hector will be upgraded to meet the new BSVI emission norms. Introduction of the BSVI-ready SUV is expected to happen in January next year.
MG Motor has already started its innings in India with the introduction of the MG Hector at an aggressive price range of around Rs 12.18- 16.88 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Shortly after Hector’s launch, Mr Rajeev Chaba, MG Motor India’s President & Managing Director has revealed that they would upgrade the SUV to the BSVI compliance in January 2020.
MG Motor has recently launched the MG Hector in India at a fairly competitive price range of Rs 12.18 -16.88 Lakh (Ex-showroom).
Currently, the MG Hector is competing against the equivalent models in the segment, like the Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass and based on its attractive pricing, it becomes a worthy contender to the smaller Hyundai Creta sibling. The Hector deploys two engine options, including a 143 HP 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired with an optional 48-volt mild-hybrid system and a 170 HP 2.0-litre MultiJet II 2.0-litre oil burner under the bonnet. While the 6-speed manual gearbox is standard across the lineup, the 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission could be an option for the non-hybrid gasoline configuration.
The British carmaker is working on a BSVI-spec version of the Hector which is expected to be launched in India in early 2020.
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At the time of launch, the entire engines of the Hector are only BSIV-spec. While the new stringent BSVI emission standards are all set to come into effect from April 1, 2020, the new Hector will be, soon enough, getting massive updates across the board to make the switch to BSVI engines.
It is worth noting that the BSVI-spec version of the FCA-derived MultiJet II 2.0-litre diesel engine, which will make its presence in the 2020 MG SUV, has been introduced in the newly-launched Jeep Compass Trailhawk and was being tested in the Tata Harrier already. This mill will come with a similar state of tune of 170 horsepower and 350 Nm of peak torque and receive an option of the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system to comply with the imminent emission regulations.
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Although the 12.18- 16.88 Lakh price mark of the MG Hector appears to be quite attractive during the course of the launch, the MG SUV will witness a price hike, great or small, once it’s upgraded to the BSVI compliance. MG Motor’s second product for India will be a fully electric SUV named MG eZS, which has been spied during its testing on the roads several times. The launch of the second MG SUV is anticipated to take place towards the year-end of 2019.