MG Hector: The story behind MG’s first car for the Indian market
It was only last year when MG Motors had set its foot in the Indian market. But not for the first time. For those of you who may not know, MG – or Morris Garages – already have an illustrious past in the Indian automotive industry. But times were different back then. Morris Garages might be a British brand historically, but it is Chinese-owned as of now.
So, let’s talk about the car now, shall we? MG’s first car for India, the Hector, for when it came to the market brought a bevvy of segment-firsts to the table. And you cannot deny the fact that this is certainly the longest car in the segment too. So, was the enough to disrupt the segment? Well, pretty much, and if it was not for the Kia Seltos that also entered the mid-size SUV segment, the Hector would clearly have been a leader.
Let me tell you why. An average SUV buyer wants bling, imposing stance, road presence, and huge ground clearance. Also, any additional length translates as an added bonus. So, MG Motors simply gets full marks for design and styling. Here’s everything else on the Hector.
The Hector only classifies as a mid-size SUV for its price. The dimensions and the overall heft just put it in the league of larger SUVs. So, as far as overall dimensions are concerned, the Hector is 4,655mm in length, 1,835mm in width, and 1,760mm in height. The base-spec variant of the Hector tips the scale at 1,539kg. The ground clearance is 192mm. Moreover, the car has a wheelbase of 2,750mm and a fuel tank capacity of 60-litres.
Under the hood, the Hector is powered by two engines: 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol good for 141bhp and 250Nm of torque and the tried-and-tested FCA-sourced 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, which is capable of churning out 169bhp and 350Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual is a standard fit for both the engine options. The petrol also comes with the option of a 7-speed DCT, while the diesel only gets a manual gearbox. There’s also a petrol-hybrid, which, just like the diesel, only comes mated to the manual gearbox.
As expected, the diesel-powered Hector is the most fuel-efficient, at 17.41km/l. Next is the petrol-hybrid, which is good for 15.81km/l. The petrol-manual and petrol-DCT derivatives of the Hector are capable of delivering 14.16km/l and 13.96km/l, respectively.
The MG Hector is, without a doubt, one of the most feature-laden cars in the segment. Once inside, the MG Hector surprises with its quality and fit-and-finish. The cabin gets a full-black treatment with the leatherette upholstery, too, finished in black. On the equipment front, the top-spec Sharp variant gets LEDs all around, a powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, a 10.4-inch infotainment system with MG’s connected car technology, voice commands, push-button start, keyless entry, electronically retractable and adjustable wing mirrors, dynamic indicators, steering-mounted audio controls, cruise control, 7-inch MID, power-adjustable front seats, 360-degree camera with parking sensors, and much more.
The Hector, as of early-2020, comes in five shades, namely, Glaze Red, Aurora Silver, Burgundy Red, Candy White, and Starry Black. Surprisingly, the Hector looks ostentatious and premium in all the available shades.
All the details regarding the MG Hector, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the MG Hector is available in eleven variants, with five variants for the petrol-manual (including petrol-hybrid), two variants for the petrol-automatic, and four variants for the diesel-manual. The range starts at Rs. 12.74 lakhs for the base-spec Style 1.5 Petrol trim going all the way up to Rs. 17.44 lakhs for the top-of-the-line Sharp 1.5 DCT Petrol trim (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.
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