The MG Hector was spied undergoing road testing without any camouflage two days ago. The car has shed all its camouflage to show off what it looks like in its production form
About two weeks ago, MG Motor held the first official dealer meeting to digitally reveal the upcoming MG Hector SUV in India. Soon after that, a set of live images from the press event had been leaked on the Internet giving us a first glimpse of how the vehicle could look like. Two days ago, the MG Hector was caught testing undisguised in the daylight, showing off its premium exterior details to the enthusiasts.
MG has implemented the series production of the Hector SUV ahead of schedule. India launch is confirmed in June 2019.
According to the spy shots, the two uncamouflaged test mules have some differences. The two models were spotted wearing different body paint shades with varying exterior elements. Specifically, one model was caught in the cloak of metallic grey with a honeycomb grille, front bumper and headlamps all surrounded in silver along with a single-tone five-spoke alloy wheels setup. Meanwhile, the other appeared in the shade of purple combined with various chrome elements in soft parts and dual-tone multi-spoke alloy wheels. That said, it seems highly likely that the former was a mid-spec variant while the latter was the top-spec model.
Based on the Baojun 530, the MG Hector comes with split projector headlamps with LED DRLs on top, roof rails and ORVMs mounted with turn indicators. Moving inside, the Hector is expected to offer a plush and sophisticated cabin equipped with Harman Infinity audio system, keyless entry with engine start push-button, six-way electrically-adjustable driver's seat, cruise control, tire pressure monitoring system and much more. The new model promises to be an intelligent connected SUV and will bring in a plethora of never-before-seen advanced features on table, whose highlight is a 10.4-inch portrait-styled tablet-like touchscreen infotainment system compatible with a range of state-of-the-art applications such as AI-powered assistants, 5G-ready eSIM, IQ maps, Microsoft Intelligent Security, IPV6, TomTom, AccuWeather and more.
The MG Hector is expected to lead the way of highly-connected SUVs in India this year.
Next month, the first MG SUV for India will be launched with two engine options- a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine outputting 143 horsepower and 250 Nm and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel good for 173 hp of power and 350 Nm of torque. The gasoline burner might be available with two types of gearboxes- 6-speed MT and 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission while the diesel version is expected to come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Also, a 48-volt mild-hybrid system will be available on the petrol configuration as an option.
The MG Hector price bracket is predicted to stand at around Rupees 15-20 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) to take on the likes of Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass. As of now, MG Motor has started establishing about 50 dealerships with 120 touchpoints across India to prepare for the launch of the hotly-anticipated MG Hector and other future vehicles.