Morris Garages recently unveiled its first SUV for the Indian market - Hector. The British brand owned by China-based SAIC Motor Corporation is prepping up for the official launch of MG Hector. The five-seater SUV is being dubbed as the country's first internet car and comes equipped with Morris Garages' iSMART Next Gen Technology. The SUV is packed with a host of futuristic features like voice command, connectivity features, machine-to-machine embedded IPV6 SIM which is 5G ready, pre-loaded infotainment content, futuristic security feature, OTA updates (Over-the-Air), Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and much more. Additionally, one cannot miss the 10.4-inch vertically placed infotainment screen which also happens to be the largest in the segment, and a mild-hybrid variant - a segment first offer.
The enthusiasts are already hooked onto this one and the hype around the MG Hector suggests that people are ready to shell out. Though there's no official word on the MG Hector price as of now and we'll have to wait for the official launch which is expected to take place in this month, we are capping it around Rs 16 lakh to Rs 18 lakh. At this price point, the list of MG Hector rivals will include Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass. The SUV has a plethora of features on offer for the Indian buyers and we have brought to you the top five features of the Internet Car - MG Hector that really matters. Read it right here.
The Infotainment System
Let us start with the MG Hector's infotainment system which measures a massive 10.4 inch and placed vertically in the line of sight of the passengers. The ultra large and full-HD infotainment system is pre-loaded with infotainment content. The passengers can control the entire SUV from a single touch or voice command. MG Hector's infotainment system also has an in-built Machine-to-Machine IPV6 SIM, which is 5G ready. The Hector will be the first car in India to feature this technology. The M2M Sim has been developed in association with Cisco and Airtel.
The infotainment is powered with MG's iSMART Nex Gen Technology which makes the SUV actively connected irrespective of wherever you take it. The iSMART technology is also enabled by Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence which will ultimately enhance the drive experience by making it more engaging, smoother and safe. The MG Hector is also equipped with E-Call feature, this feature gets activated when airbags are deployed. The E-Call feature shoots a pre-set text message with the SUV's current location to MG Motor Pulse Hub. The Pulse Hub then calls the driver and other phone number saved in the head unit (Infotainment System) to help the driver with speedy medical assistance.
The Mild Hybrid Engine
Yes, you read it right. The MG Hector also offers a mild-hybrid engine option to choose from including the 1.5-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engine. Speaking of the MG Hector specifications, the 1.5-litre petrol engine is capable of making 143 bhp of peak power and 250 Nm of max torque. The FCA sourced, a 2.0-litre diesel engine is good for making 170 bhp of peak power and a massive 350 Nm torque. There is a standard 6-speed gearbox and an optional 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission on offer with the MG Hector. Now, the 48-volt mild-hybrid variant will provide you with an additional 20 Nm of torque at lower rev range to counter the turbo lag and will be useful in the city traffic. The mild-hybrid variant is also claimed to deliver 12 per cent more fuel economy than its petrol sibling. As for the MG Hector mileage figures, the petrol dual-clutch automatic edition is claimed to deliver 13.96 kmpl, the petrol manual edition will offer 14.16 kmpl, and the 2.0-litre diesel engine is good for delivering 17.41 kmpl. The mild hybrid engine option is also a segment-first feature of MG Hector and it also assists the connected SUV in reducing emission. This certainly gives the Hector an upper hand over its key rivals.
MG Hector interior is an apt combination of futuristic features and luxury. Now, we have already mentioned the long list of features that the sports SUV possesses. Now let's talk about the feel of the cabin. The SUV's interior has been given an all-black treatment which looks suave. The use of faux-leather in the upholstery enhances the luxurious appeal of Hector. The vertically placed 10.4-inch infotainment system has made the designers to ditch buttons which is certainly a welcome move. The blue backlit home screen of the infotainment screen and instrument cluster compliments the all-black treatment of the MG Hector interior.
This connected SUV is not only high on futuristic features but also dimensions. MG Hector seems to have broken the compact SUV size barriers and silently sneaked into the territory of mid-size SUVs. The fact here is that the MG Hector has the largest wheelbase in the segment, as the SUV stands at 2750 mm and 4655 mm of length. Hector's width of 1835 mm and height of 1760 mm is also the largest in the segment. All of these figures have resulted in a spacious cabin and also hints towards the possibility of Morris Garages introducing a 7-seater Hector in the Indian market sometime later this year or early 2020.
The MG Hector is a head turner for sure. The SUV has boldness in its style language as the designers have defined Hector's character lines with geometric shapes, horizontal flow and symmetry. The sleek LED DRLs flanking the large radiator grille looks absolutely stunning. The bumper mounted C-shaped headlamps consists of dual-barrel LED projectors. As mentioned earlier, the class-leading wheelbase provides the Hector with a commanding road presence. The iconic British brand also says that different sections of Hector's interiors are inspired by various modern dance forms.