Morris Garages have finally set their foot on Indian waters with the launch of the Hector SUV. With a competitive price tag which starts at Rs 12.18 lakh. Hector is of the most anticipated launches of the year. The MG Hector is priced aggressively and it comes in four variants and with three engine-gearbox combinations.
The MG Hector gets an FCA-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine making 170hp and 350Nm of torque. And the Petrol engine is a 1.5-litre turbo producing 143hp and 250Nm of torque. Both engines get a 6-speed manual as standard, while the turbo-petrol also gets the option of a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Furthermore, there’s a 48V mild-hybrid petrol model too with the 6-speed manual gearbox only. The engine is said to help in being comparatively more fuel efficient than the standard petrol variant. The mild-hybrid system will also provide up to 20Nm of additional torque at low speeds to help counter turbo lag and improves acceleration.
The MG Hector’s ARAI-rated fuel efficiency is 13.96kpl for the petrol and dual-clutch auto combo, 14.16kpl for the petrol-manual, 15.81kpl for the petrol-hybrid which is a close 12 per cent increase and 17.41kpl for the diesel version.
The major crux of the Hector is the interior, it has a 10.4-inch iSmart touchscreen infotainment system. And it comes with an Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, AI-powered voice assist and with pre-loaded apps. The car has an Airtel SIM card too. Additionally, the top-spec Hector features a 360-degree camera, a four-way power adjustable co-drivers seat, a huge panoramic sunroof, heated ORVMs, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, 17-inch alloys and mood lights with 8 colours.
When it comes to safety, the Hector features 2 airbags as standard and 4 and 6 in other variants. It also comes with ABS with EBD, ESP, traction control, rear parking sensors and disc breaks on all four wheels as standard.
The MG Hector is going to be only a 5 seater model as of now. However, a 7-seater version will launch at the same time when the BS6 emission policies kick in.
50 MG dealership across India are going to dispense the car. MG is also offering a maintenance plan of up to 5 years starting at Rs.8000. There are four plans, first called the Classic, Classic 360, Premium and Premium 360. The company even offers a 5-year/unlimited kilometre warranty plan, along with a 5-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance scheme as a standard.
The Hector has positioned itself in the SUV segment very competitively in terms of price (Rs 12.18-16.88 lakh) as it is close to the Tata Harrier (Rs 13.00-16.56 lakh), Mahindra XUV500 (Rs 12.31-18.61 lakh) and the Jeep Compass (Rs 15.60-26.80 lakh*). The price is even close to the current leader of the midsize SUV segment, the Hyundai Creta 1.6 (Rs 13.36-15.65 lakh).
The Hector will also find a new competition in the form of the upcoming Kia Seltos.
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