The upcoming SUV, MG Hector has finally arrived! which has garnered significant interest ever since it was first announced, made its global debut in India. And before you ask, MG says Hector's India launch is scheduled for some time in June. The car's production has already started at MG Motor India's manufacturing facility in Halol, Gujarat. Here's an interesting titbit: MG's India factory was previously owned by General Motors. The SAIC-owned British carmaker did the spadework, including addition of a new body shop, a new parts distribution centre, a new press shop, a training facility, a testing track, etc., in just 1.5 years. A rather quick turnaround time, isn't it?
It is to be noted that anyway, back to the star of this piece -- the MG Hector. The carmaker says the SUV will feature a high level of localisation, 75 per cent to be precise. Based on that information, it would be fair to deduce that the MG Hector's price will be rather competitive; so, between ₹15 lakh - ₹20 lakhs. First things first -- the name 'Hector' is inspired by the Prince of Troy and the British biplane from 1930s and hints at the car's "bold, strong, trustworthy, and dependable" character.
To be noted that now, on to the design. Even before MG formally debuted the Hector SUV earlier today, it was evident that the car is objectively good looking. Inspired by its Chinese cousin, the Baojun 530 SUV, the MG Hector features a big black mesh grille flanked by the LED DRLs. The SUV's split headlamp set up sees the primary head lights placed lower on the bumper and the fog lamps are found right under the head lights. Both the grille as well as the headlight assemblies are encased in brushed silver inserts.
It is worth mention here that referred to as India's first Internet car, Hector will get the iSMART Next Gen system, an artificial intelligence-based solution that has been developed together with a council of technology behemoths, including Adobe, Microsoft, SAP, Unlimit, Gaana, Cisco, Nuance, and TomTom. The system's brainpower will be housed in a vertical 10.4-inch head unit, which, MG says, can hold out against India's extreme climatic conditions. The screen will enable the driver to comman the system via voice commands or touch. The system gets an embedded M2M Airtel sim that enables the 'connectivity' bit, i.e. users will be able to receive real-time software, application updates, and entertainment content over-the-air (OTA). MG Hector segment-first features
a. Powered tail gate: one touch and height adjustable
b. Boot space: 587-litres
c. Rear seat recliner
d. Heated ORVMs
e. 360-degree camera
f. ESP and traction control as standard
Finally, the MG Hector's competition -- the new compact SUV will square off against the Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, and Kia SP2i, among others. The company said it will set the ball rolling with 120 touchpoints across India when the MG Hector goes on sale in June. and will expand it to 250 touchpoints by September, 2019.