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7-seater MG Hector SUV launch in 2020

Written by Nizam Shaikh

The MG Hector was unveiled on 15th of May, 2019, and is the biggest mid-size SUV which comes with a lot of best-in-segment features. The MG Hector’s full specs and dimensions were revealed on the day of its unveiling and it came in a 5-seater variant for now. However, it is being speculated that a 7-seater version of the car will soon be available, mostly by next year.

The MG Hector is 4,655mm in length and it has a wheelbase of 2,750mm and looks like a full-sized SUV. This long length gives the Hector an advantage to accommodate an extra row of seats which right now makes way for a humongous boot. The Baojun 530 SUV, on which the Hector is based upon comes in a 7-seat version and has the same dimensions. The Baojun 530 is sold in the Chinese market.

MG is expected to bring the 7-seater Hector to the Indian market by next year. Technically, due to its dimensions, the Hector cannot be called a full size 7-seater like the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and Mahindra Alturas G4; but the car could get a third row seating. The size of the SUV will allow the third row without any major modifications and in the Indian market it will definitely be a plus point for SUV buyers. The large 587-litre boot space that MG Hector offers will definitely be compromised a bit, for the accommodation of extra seats.

The production model of the Hector is laden with a lot of features and is India’s first internet-connected mid-sized SUV. The car features a vertically oriented iSmart 10.4-inch high-definition touchscreen infotainment system with voice assistant, a dual-pane sunroof, an Infinity surround sound system, 8-colour ambient lighting, 7-inch digital instrument console, leather upholstery, powered front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, six airbags, 360-degree camera and a lot more features. The iSmart infotainment system is 5G ready and features live navigation, e-call, a weather app, a music app from Gaana and more.

The MG Hector comes in two powertrain options:-

  • 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine which produces 143 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque available in a manual gearbox as well as an automatic DCT (dual clutch transmission)
  • 2.0-litre diesel engine which produces 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque available only with a manual gearbox

The petrol manual variant comes with a 48V mild-hybrid system which increases fuel efficiency and reduces emissions and has regenerative braking, auto start/stop and E-Boost capabilities.