Besides some mild design updates, the Baojun 530 on which the MG Hector in India is based on is now also available in the six-seat layout.
An updated version of the popular Baojun 530 has just been launched in the Chinese market. The first product of MG Motor for India is the Hector, which is based on the Baojun 530. Both Baojun and MG are owned by SAIC Motor.
As regards the Baojun 530, the SUV started to go on sale in China a few years ago. The updated version gets some alterations against the previous one. Specifically, the new SUV measures 40 mm greater in length than the former version. It also gets a newly-designed front and rear bumpers, new alloy rims along with some minor changes to the interior. While the previous Baojun was offered with just two seating configuration, a 5-seat and a 7-seat layout, the facelifted version has been introduced with a new layout in which the first two rows consist of four captain seats and the third row is a bench seat.
The facelifted Baojun 530 has just been launched in India with some design alterations.
The facelifted Baojun 530 receives its power from a 1.5-litre and 1.8-litre turbocharged gasoline burner with the former also serving as power source for the MG Hector. Currently, the first vehicle of MG Motor for India is only offered with a 5-seat layout but the company is having an intention to expand its lineup by introducing some more seating configurations.
The new Baojun 530 is now available with a 6-seat configuration.
While the Hector is expected to get a three-row version in the foreseeable future, company sources have revealed that the six-seat one will make its way to India. Nevertheless, given the fact that the MG Hector has been on sale for just nearly three months, whether the vehicle will get a design update remains unknown.
Despite being a newcomer to the Indian SUV segment, the MG Hector has recorded a sales number of over 3,500 units. The bookings for the Hector has been stopped and are likely to be reopened at the beginning of next month. The three-row version of the MG Hector is expected to be launched in India at the beginning of 2020, which coincides with Auto Expo 2020. Some of the major competitors of the Hector in the Indian auto market include the Nissan Kicks, the Renault Captur, the Mahindra XUV500, the Hyundai Creta, the Tata Harrier and the Kia Seltos.