With a manufacturing plant at Halol in Gujarat, MG Motor India’s first SUV for the Indian market, the Hector was caught testing yesterday. This SUV which seems to be based on the Chinese Baojun 530 SUV will rival the likes of Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier and the likes when launched in India.
MG Motor India, also known as Morris Garages will launch the new Hector SUV by mid-2019. This will be the first and only offering for this year.
For the Indian market, at the time of launch, the MG Hector will be available in petrol and diesel engine options. The gasoline motor will be a 1.5L block while the oil burner will be a 2.0L unit which is also seen on the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier. Both engines will be turbocharged and will be offered in manual as well as automatic gearbox options.
In terms of features, the MG Hector will come with LED headlamp, LED DRLs, LED tail lamp, alloy wheels, body cladding, chrome accents, roof spoiler, sunroof, traction control, steering mounted control, leather upholstery, push button start / stop, multiple airbags, white backlit instrument console, ABS with EBD, and more…
The MG Hector is expected to be priced very competitively. To gain some market traction, a price tag undercutting the competition is a must, otherwise the MG brand will be dead on arrival in the very sensitive Indian Automobile market.