MG Coming To India With Hector
MG Motor, the British automobile company will be stepping in the Indian market for the very first time. And they will be making their debut with an SUV to take on the likes of Jeep Compass and upcoming Tata Harrier.
The SUV is named Hector and has been seen undergoing thorough testing on Indian roads covered up heavily in camouflage. The car will be bigger than the Honda CR-V but MG aims to price it competitively around that of Harrier and Compass. It is said to be loaded with creature comfort and a number of features for the driver to play with- a vertically-mounted touchscreen infotainment system (it also works as a display for 360-degree camera) with Android Auto, Apple Carplay and MirrorLink compatibility, along with a digital MID between the tachometer and speedometer, push-button start, steering-mounted controls, a panoramic sunroof, leather seats with powered adjustability, cruise control and an electronic parking brake.
MG recently released a video of the SUV test running in cold climatic conditions. We got a glimpse into the dynamic turn indicators of the Hector. As stated by the company, Hector will hit Indian roads in mid-2019. MG proudly defines the name ‘Hector’, which “draws inspiration from the noble qualities of the Trojan warrior hero- Prince Hector of Troy. It pays homage to great British engineering tradition, as a nod to the Royal Hector biplane, used by the Royal Air Force in the 1930s. ‘Hector’ stand for everything Strong, Bold, Trustworthy and Dependable.”
Hector is a five-seater and MG promises it to be a spacious car. It will have to engine options- a 1.5Lt, direct-injection turbo-petrol motor and an FCA-sourced 2.0Lt, turbo-diesel one.
Like we said about price earlier, MG wants to price the car competitively close to Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and the upcoming Tata Harrier (under the Rs 20 lakh bracket). This would be possible due to a claimed 75% of localisation achieved at parent company SAIC’s plant in Halol, Gujrat. MG Motor India plans to have 100 sales and service outlets in India by May 2019.