MG Hector’s Chinese twin -- Baojun 530 -- is about to get an update, and the revised version has been spied. While Hector was launched in India in 2019, Baojun 530 was launched in early 2018. So the 530 is likely to get the update in late 2019 or early 2020. That also means that MG might consider updating the Hector in 2021.
The 530 facelift doesn’t feature any major changes on the outside save for the redesigned front grille, DRLs, headlamp housing and front and rear bumpers. In India, the Hector gets a red insert between the tail lamps which gives them a connected look; it is neither there on the current 530, nor on the facelift. If the Hector gets similar revisions as the 530, expect the tail lamp setup to remain the same.
Only the updated 530’s exterior design has been captured, and not its cabin. We do not expect any major revisions on the inside. The Hector already gets a host of features that some of the other cars in its segment do not get, like connected car tech. It remains to be seen if MG brings any new features when it gives the Hector an update in the future.
At present, Hector is available with both petrol and diesel engine options in India. While it gets both manual and automatic transmission options with the petrol engine, the diesel engine is available with just a manual transmission. It remains to be seen if MG has plans to add automatic transmission to the diesel Hector in future.
At present, Hector competes against the likes of the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier. The XUV500 is also an SUV in the same space, but it can seat seven people. Hector, which is a five seater SUV, will soon be accompanied by its seven seater version in India that will rival the XUV500.
MG Motor has received 21,000 bookings of the Hector, and the carmaker is not accepting any more orders for now. Hector’s price starts from Rs 12.18 lakh and goes up to Rs 16.88 lakh (ex-showroom). These are introductory prices and there is a possibility of Hector’s prices going up once bookings resume.