MG Motor India today announced that pre-bookings for the Hector SUV will start from June 2019. But the car is all set to hit all of the company dealerships in the next couple of weeks so that consumers can take a look at the car and then, of course, come to a decision. MG already has 120 dealerships across 50 cities in the country and it plans to scale it up to 250 outlets by the end of September this year.
The MG Hector was unveiled today and it looks brilliant. We see it get features like LED daytime running lamps, large black mesh grille, low-mounted twin LED projector headlamps, and a larger central airdam with silver surrounds. The SUV also gets black plastic claddings along the bumper, wheel arches and side body. We do not get to see the rear section of the SUV here, but based on the previously seen test mules, the MG Hector will feature a rear spoiler, shark-fin antenna, and a rear windshield wiper, along with a pair of LED tail lamps, and a muscular rear bumper with silver skid plate.
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The Hector SUV will come with both the petrol and the diesel engines and there'll also be a petrol hybrid offering up for grabs. The petrol is a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit which is good enough for 141 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a dual clutch transmission which has been tested extensively under extreme climatic conditions globally for more than 2.6 million kilometres.
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The petrol hybrid gets the same engine making the same power but it gets a 48-volt mild-hybrid architecture which is a first-in-segment. MG Motor becomes the first mainstream carmaker in India to bring 48V technology to the mass market segment. The 48V mild hybrid technology is the latest global environmentally friendly engine technology that enables reduction in petrol engine emissions. A 48-volt lithium-ion battery helps store energy and provide extra torque assistance of up to 20 Nm when required, resulting in a smoother drive. With three key functions - Engine Auto Start-Stop, Regenerative Braking and E-Boost - the combination provides a great driving experience while reducing emissions by up to 12 per cent.
Touted as the company's first internet car, the upcoming MG Hector will come with a new advanced connectivity system called iSmart next-generation system, a complete integrated solution that combines software, hardware, connectivity, services and application. The system has been developed in collaboration with several technological partners like Cisco, Unlimit, and Microsoft among others. The iSmart connectivity system comes with advanced technology, smart application, built-in Apps, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Smart Features, Voice Assist, and Infotainment.