The MG Hector was privately displayed to dealers last month, and on the 15th of this month, it will be unveiled to the media. Sales of the C-SUV are expected to commence next month.
The new MG Hector is basically a reskinned Baojun 530 packing a unique grille design. It’s noticeably big for a model its class, and it will rub shoulders with the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson. In terms of appearance, the car gets two-tier front light setup which looks eccentric and comes with the DRLs sitting atop the twin-pod headlamps. The headlamps and the fog lamps are placed beneath them come chrome surround. Elsewhere, the C-SUV features 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels and LED tail lights.
On the inside, the MG Hector packs a 10.4-inch iSMART Next Gen touchscreen infotainment system. This system runs on a 4G connected Android-based operating system and offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Like the much smaller, lower-segment Hyundai Venue, the MG Hector is being marketed as a connected SUV. We have detailed all its main connectivity features in a dedicated story. Apart from this, the Chinese SUV features a 360-degree camera, a 7-inch driver information display and a panoramic sunroof.
The engine options of the MG Hector will include a 143 hp 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit and a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel unit sourced from FCA. A 48-volt mild-hybrid system will be offered as an option in the petrol engine model. Transmission choices will include a 6-speed manual unit and a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic unit, with the latter being exclusive to the petrol engine model.