Morris Garages (MG Motor) marked its debut in the Indian market with the launch of Hector SUV in July, 2019. MG Hector is one of the first connected SUVs to be launched in India. Amidst slump in India’s auto sector, MG Hector managed to receive tremendous customer demand. The carmaker had temporarily suspended the bookings of Hector in July due to high initial demand. However, MG Motor has recently reopened the bookings for Hector SUV. The newly-launched Hector has put established competition like the Mahindra XUV500, Tata Harrier as well as the Jeep Compass behind with its sales numbers. Yes, you read it right.
According to a report of financialexpress.com, MG Hector sold 1,508 units while the Tata Harrier did 740, Jeep Compass 509 and Mahindra XUV500, 1,116. For the second month, the Hector did 2,018 while the others were at 635, 605 and 968 respectively. In September, MG managed to sell 2,608 units as compared to 941, 603 and 1,120 cars respectively.
It is to be noted that Hector SUV comes in five colours - glaze red, burgundy red, starry black, aurora silver and candy white. The length and width of MG Hector is 4,655 mm and 1,835 mm respectively. The height and wheelbase of MG Hector are 1,760 mm and 2,750 mm respectively.
In terms of the engine, MG Hector comes with the option of both, petrol and diesel powertrains. There is a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine good for 141 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque, with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. You can have it with a 6-speed DCT (Double Clutch Transmission) also. Then there is a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel motor producing 168 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Hector SUV also gets a segment first 48V Hybrid System with the petrol trim. Boasting of better fuel efficiency and lower emissions, this variant also gets a 6-speed manual gearbox. On the features front, MG Hector SUV comes with the front and rear fog lamps, LED DRLs and tail lamps, dual tone machined alloys and floating light turn indicators.
There will be a 7-inch coloured MID and a 10.4-inch HD touchscreen AVN system. It also features the next-gen iSMART connectivity technology. The SUV further offers a premium cabin equipped with power adjustable seats, electronic parking brake, 360-degree camera and cruise control.
Currently, the prices of the Hector SUV starts at Rs 12.18 lakh (ex-showroom, India) going all the way up to Rs 16.88 lakh (ex-showroom, India).