With the launch of Hector SUV, MG Motor market its debut in the Indian market with a bang. MG Hector is one of the first connected SUVs to be launched in India and is beating slowdown like a boss. Well, the SUV has ended the year 2019 on a positive note. It is to be noted that MG Motor India on Wednesday reported retail sales of 3,021 units of Hector in December, 2019. Since the launch of the SUV in the country in July last year, MG has managed to sell a total of 15,930 units till the end of last year.
"As a new entrant in the Indian market, the robust sales momentum of our first offering, the Hector, has been very encouraging. We are working closely with our global and local suppliers to increase the production of the Hector in 2020 to support the booking backlog," said Rakesh Sidana, director for sales, MG Motor India.
Sidana further said its second vehicle, an electric SUV, MG ZS will go on sale in the country from this month. “In line with its focus on customer satisfaction, is constantly evaluating the emerging demand for the Hector in newer markets across India and proactively setting up more service centres closer to prospective customers,” he added.
Coming to the specifications and features of Hector SUV, it comes in five colours - glaze red, burgundy red, starry black, aurora silver, and candy white. The length and width of MG Hector are 4,655 mm and 1,835 mm respectively. The height and wheelbase of MG Hector are 1,760 mm and 2,750 mm respectively.
In terms of the engine, MG Hector comes with the option of both, petrol and diesel powertrains. There is a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine good for 141 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque, with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. You can have it with a 6-speed DCT (Double Clutch Transmission) also. Then there is a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel motor producing 168 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Hector SUV also gets a segment-first 48V Hybrid System with the petrol trim. Boasting of better fuel efficiency and lower emissions, this variant also gets a 6-speed manual gearbox. On the features front, MG Hector SUV comes with the front and rear fog lamps, LED DRLs and tail lamps, dual-tone machined alloys and floating light turn indicators.
There will be a 7-inch coloured MID and a 10.4-inch HD touchscreen AVN system. It also features the next-gen iSMART connectivity technology. The SUV further offers a premium cabin equipped with power-adjustable seats, electronic parking brake, a 360-degree camera, and cruise control.
Currently, the prices of the Hector SUV starts at Rs 12.18 lakh (ex-showroom, India) going all the way up to Rs 16.88 lakh (ex-showroom, India). MG Motor India currently has over 150 centres across India, aims to further strengthen its network count to 250 centres by March 2020. With the company gearing up to bring its second offering to the country which is an all-electric SUV the ZS EV, we wait to see how the customers react to the company's strategy.