Morris Garages launched its first vehicle, the Hector SUV in India. Starting at Rs. 12.18 lakh, the MG Hector is priced very aggressively to give tough competition to not just other midsize SUVs like Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500 and Jeep Compass but might also affect the sales of compact SUV like Hyundai Creta.
The MG Hector is currently available in a total of four diesel variants, two petrol-manual variants, two petrol-automatics, and three petrol-hybrids.
Hector will be retailed via the 50 MG dealerships that are already operational in India
5-year/unlimited kilometer warranty plan, along with a 5-year/unlimited kilometer roadside assistance scheme as standard. However, the warranty plan on commercial vehicles would be 5-year/1.5 lakh kilometer.
Maintenance packages of up to 5 years with the Hector, starting at Rs 8,000.
5 plans on offer – Classic, Classic 360, Premium, Premium 360 and Elite 360
First in class features like 8 Colors Ambient Lighting, Panoramic Sunroof, Powered Tailgate opening, 360 Camera View & Front Parking Sensors.
MG Hector Dimensions:
The MG Hector is 4655mm long, 1835mm wide and 1760mm tall and rides on a wheelbase measuring 2750mm. The SUV offers a ground clearance of 192mm. MG Hector is the longest in length with a slightly bigger wheelbase when compared with the competing midsize SUVs like TATA Harrier and Mahindra XUV500 which means that Hector is more spacious on the inside. However, the width of Tata Harrier & Mahindra XUV500 is more than MG Hector.
MG Hector Engine Specs:
MG Hector is fueled by the same Fiat-sourced 2.0-liter diesel motor that it's used by its rivals, the Jeep Compass, and the Tata Harrier. In the Jeep Compass, the diesel engine produces 170 bhp, however, in the Hector it makes 168 bhp, while the torque yield stands equivalent at 350 Nm.
In petrol, there are 2 engine options. First, a 1.5-liter turbocharged Petrol Engine that produces 141 bhp and other comes equipped with a 48V mild hybrid option, delivering the same power of 141 bhp and 230 Nm of torque.
Where the 2.0-liter diesel engine is currently being offered with only a 6-speed manual transmission(MT), the 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol also gets a dual clutch automatic gearbox(DCT) along with the 6-speed manual. The mild hybrid option will only come with a 6-speed manual for now.
Although, the power specs of the mild-hybrid petrol engine option remain the same on the paper the company claims that this will provide additional torque at low speeds to help counter turbo lag, improved acceleration as well as fuel economy. The MG Hector's ARAI-rated fuel efficiency is 13.96kpl for the petrol and dual-clutch auto combo, 14.16kpl for the petrol-manual, 15.81kpl for the petrol-hybrid (a near 12 percent increase) and 17.41kpl for the diesel version.
MG’s Hector is the only vehicle in its mid-size SUV segment that comes equipped with a 10.4-inch iSmart touchscreen infotainment system. The infotainment system comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, AI-powered voice assist, pre-loaded apps(such as Gaana) and an embedded Airtel SIM card for enabling the internet.
The top variant of Hector i.e. Sharp is equipped with additional features such as:
Dual Pane Panoramic Sunroof
7 inch colored digital multi info display
6 Airbags(front dual, side and curtain)
Mood lighting with eight colors
4-way power adjustable co-driver’s seat
Powered tailgate opening & closing with multiple position setting
As for safety, MG Hector is equipped with Front Dual Airbags, ABS + EBD + Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Program(ESP), Traction Control System(TCS), Hill Hold Control, Rear Parking sensors and rear disc brakes as standard, while the Smart variant, in addition, gets four airbags and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. The top variant Sharp exclusively gets six airbags, 360 around view camera and heated ORVM.
With the Hector, MG has positioned the diesel variants of the SUV very competitively in terms of price (Rs 13.18-16.88 lakh) as it is close to the Tata Harrier (Rs 13.00-16.56 lakh) undercuts Mahindra XUV500 (Rs 12.31-18.61 lakh) undercuts and the Jeep Compass (Rs 16.61-21.33 lakh). It is even priced close to the current leader of the compact SUV segment, the Hyundai Creta 1.6 (Rs 13.36-15.65 lakh). The Hector will also find new competition in the form of the upcoming Kia Seltos.
When comparing the Petrol variants, MG Hector(Rs. 12.18-16.78 lakh) stands somewhere in the mid-ground where it is just above Hyundai Creta(Rs. 10.00-14.16 lakh) and just below Jeep Compass(Rs. 15.60-21.67 lakh). It’s almost like it fills up a gap that was never noticed. Do note that there is only one Petrol variant of XUV500 which is priced at Rs 16.09 lakh.
Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he’s mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He’s usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars’ editorial team.