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MG Motor India launched their much-awaited Hector SUV in the Indian market. The MG Hector is available with a starting price of Rs 12.18 lakh while the top-spec variant comes with a price tag of Rs 16.88 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom (India).
The MG Hector is positioned in India's highly competitive mid-size SUV segment; rivaling the likes of the Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500, Nissan Kicks and the segment-leader Hyundai Creta. It will also take on the upcoming Kia Seltos once launched on the 22nd of August — here is a comparison of the Hector with its main rivals in the segment.
Having said that, here are some of the top things to know about the all-new MG Hector!
Power & Torque
The MG Hector is available with a choice of both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variant comes in the form of a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine churning out 143bhp and 250Nm of torque. It also receives a 48V mild-hybrid version as well. The engine comes mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DCT.
The diesel engine on the other hand, is borrowed from the Jeep Compass. This is the 2.0-litre diesel unit producing the same power and torque outputs 173bhp and 350Nm of torque. The diesel engine comes standard with a six-speed manual, with no automatic transmission option.
Top-Speed & Acceleration
MG Motor is yet to announce the official top-speed and acceleration figures of the Hector SUV. However, based on our brief drive earlier this month, we have made some assumptions and rough calculations — read our detailed review here.
The top-spec diesel variant of the MG Hector should be able to reach a top-speed of 195km/h. The other petrol engine on the other hand should be able to touch a minimum top speed of 180km/h.
In terms of acceleration, the MG Hector should take around 11 second to reach 100km/h from stand still. The petrol version could take slightly longer due to the lower power and torque output.
Again, these figures are all assumptions and rough calculations at this time. We will update the official figures once announced by MG Motors.
Mileage & Fuel Tank Capacity
The MG Hector comes with a fuel tank capacity of 60-litres. The petrol engine on the Hector offers a mileage of 14.16km/l for the manual and 13.96km/l for the DCT automatic variant. The petrol hybrid gives out slightly better fuel efficiency figures of 15.81km/l. The diesel engine on the other hand tops the list with an impressive fuel-efficiency figure of 17.41km/l from its 2.0-litre engine.
All the above figures are ARAI-certified, which may vary in the real-world depending on a number of external factors.
Seating Capacity & Boot Space
The MG Hector is a spacious five-seater SUV. The boxy design of the SUV and the large dimensions further help offer good amount of both head and leg room even for all five passengers on board. The Hector also doesn't come with a transmission tunnel at the back, which further adds to the legroom for the passengers in the second-row.
In terms of boot space, the MG Hector offers a massive 587-litre of luggage loading capacity. This can further be extended if required by folding the second-row of seats in a 60:40 split.
Overall Dimensions & Turning Radius
For a SUV in the mid-size segment, the MG Hector does look massive. It comes with dimensions similar to that of its closest rival, the Tata Harrier. Here are the exact dimensions of the MG Hector:
- Length: 4,655mm
- Width: 1,835mm
- Height: 1,760mm
- Wheelbase: 2,750mm
Even with the large overall dimensions of the SUV, the Hector offers a decent turning radius of around 5.8m.
Ground Clearance & Tyre Size
The MG Hector is a tall SUV, with a decent ground clearance level of 198mm. It does well to avoid any and all undulations both on and off tarmac. However, there is a fair bit of body roll, mainly due to the height of the SUV.
All variants of the Hector SUV come with the same tyre profiles 215/60 R 17. However, the base 'Style' variant wears a set of steel wheels while the other variants come with alloy rims. MG also offers a full-size spare wheel with the same profile as well.
Colours & Variants
The MG Hector is available in a range of four basic variants: Style, Super, Smart and Sharp. All variants come packed with a host of features and equipment. In terms of colour, the MG Hector is available in range of five paint schemes: Candy White, Starry Black, Aurora Silver, Burgundy Red & Glaze Red.
Thoughts On The MG Hector
The MG Hector has been one of the most-awaited products in the mid-size SUV segment. MG has already received good response in India, with over 10,000 units of the SUV being booked within the first 23 days. The MG Hector has also been priced competitively in the segment and it will be interesting to see how the brand will perform in India in the coming months.