Morris Garages has just reopened bookings for the Hector SUV. MG Motor India has also revealed that in September 2019, the brand managed to sell 2,608 units of the Hector SUV which rivals the likes of Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier and Hyundai Creta. Morris Garages pitches the Hector as the first Internet Car of the country, which means nothing but connected technology being on offer.
MG Motor India has bumped up their production capacity by adding a 2nd shift for the Hector. The brand already has a wait list of 15,000 customers for the Hector and new bookings will only add further to this figure. The Hector SUV currently has 3-4 month waiting time depending on the variant chosen.
Prices for the MG Hector SUV have been increased by INR 30,000 – 40,000 and it has been priced at INR 12.48 lakh onwards. Morris Garages launched the Hector with all guns blazing offering maintenance plans as low as INR 8,000 for the initial 3 years and cost of ownership claimed to be as low as INR 0.45 paise for petrol variants & INR 0.49 paise of diesel variants. Morris Garages also offers a 60% buy back value after 3 years of ownership.
The MG Hector in India comes with a 2.0L diesel engine which we also see in the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier. This is a Jeep Compass engine in short. This motor produces 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 1.5L turbocharged petrol engine on the Hector produces 143 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque and is available in manual, automatic and 48 V hybrid options.
The 2nd car in India for Morris Garages is going to be the eZS or ZS EV. This will be yet another SUV but to rival the likes of Hyundai Kona with an all-electric powertrain. The MG eZS / ZS EV development is starting right from having the charging infrastructure ready before the launch, and this should help the brand earn some brownie points and also better market acceptance.