Morris Garages officially unveiled the MG Hector SUV in India, and its huge size and design language have surely lured many eyes. Before the launch of this SUV, MG Motors has revealed its i-SMART connected solution that comes packed with over 50 features along with some in-built apps. Expect it to launch in the mid of June. In India, the Hector will stand against the Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500 and recently launched Tata Harrier. But, before you head off to the closest dealership to look at its other competitors, how about checking out the specification comparison of the MG Hector with its rivals on papers.
We have already mentioned that the Hector is a large SUV with a length of 4655 m. It is the longest one here as compared to the Harrier, Compass and XUV500. However, the MG Hector is compact at 1835 mm compared to its other counterparts, except the Jeep Compass, which is 1818 mm wide. The upcoming MG Hector SUV is also taller than the Compass and the Harrier; although, it sits lower than the XUV500. What is more interesting is that the Hector gets a boot capacity of 587 litres making it the largest of all, but the ground clearance stands at 192 mm. The Jeep Compass gets the highest ground clearance of 208 mm among all other rivals listed here.
Ground Clearance (mm)
The Hector will be coming in both petrol and diesel fuel options. The upcoming MG Hector specifications include a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine, similar to the Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass. The engine will produce 168 bhp with 350 Nm, compared to the Compass SUV that develops 171 bhp with same torque figure. Offered only in diesel version, the Tata Harrier power output falls short at 138 bhp. The Mahindra XUV500 SUV has a large 2.2-litre engine that generates 155 bhp of maximum power with 360 Nm of top torque. The torque figures of the XUV500 is highest of all.
Talking about the petrol engines, the Hector SUV will come with a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine that cranks out 141 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque. More interestingly, it will also get a 48V mild-hybrid petrol version that would be 12 per cent more efficient than the regular petrol variant. Also, it will give up to 20 Nm of extra torque. The Jeep Compass is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged unit that makes 161 bhp of power and is also the most powerful engine here even after being the smallest. Coming to the Mahindra XUV500 SUV specification, it includes a big 2.2-litre petrol engine that makes 140 bhp, and a torque figure of 320 Nm is higher than the Hector SUV.
Speaking of the transmission duties, the Compass, XUV500 and Harrier come with a 2.0-litre Fiat-sourced diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The Hector petrol version will get a 6-speed MT and 6-speed DCT offering. The Compass petrol version will share either a 6-speed MT or 7-speed DCT, whereas the petrol version with a mild hybrid will get 6-speed MT. The Mahindra XUV500 petrol version is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Cabin and Features
The MG Hector interior would boast of comfort and technology. The car will come with a slew of segment-first features, where it gets a 10.4-inch infotainment system which has over 50 connected car features. For full-time engagement, the buyers will get an embedded sim and IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) that will make it easy to come loaded with a 5G-sim in future.
The I-SMART will offer features such as the remote operation of AC on/off, door lock/unlock, sunroof open/close, honk and light flashing, find my car, and stolen vehicle tracking assistance. The list of other smart features includes vehicle security alarm, vehicle information check, real-time navigation along with various route selecting options, POI search, AI-based voice recognition, E-Call for emergency assistance and I-Call roadside assistance. Additionally, the SUV gets pre-loaded applications such as Gaana Premium, TomTom IQ Maps, AccuWeather Over the air update (OTA) for software, map data, weather updates, etc., to name a few.
Talking about the Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Harrier, these SUVs comes loaded with features like automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, six airbags on top-end variants, ABS with EBD, hill hold control, electronic stability control and rear parking camera with rear sensors. However, the Hector SUV will come with segment-first features such as LED lights for both front and rear powered tailgate, electrically adjustable front seats and 3-point seat belts for all 5 passengers. A 360-degree camera, panoramic sunroof, 7-inch digital coloured instrument cluster, front parking sensors, heated outside rearview mirrors ORVMs and 8-colour ambient lighting are a few more impressive features of MG Hector.
Jeep Compass and MG Hector misses out hill descent control that is available on Tata Harrier and Mahindra XUV500; and auto dimming IRVM along with dual-zone climate control that is offered only on Jeep Compass here. On the other hand, apart from XUV500, rest all of its rivals come packed with traction control.
The base variant of the Hector SUV gets electronic stability control, traction control, hill hold control, 3-point seatbelt, Isofix child seat anchor, rear disc brakes, front dual airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors. The Hector comes with electrically adjustable driver’s seats that can be adjusted in six ways as in the XUV500. The Compass SUV has 8-way electronically adjustable driver seat, however, the Harrier misses out on that.
Talking about the exterior equipment, the Hector gets a full LED light both front and rear (first-in-segment), whereas the XUV500 features halogen projector headlamps both front as well as rear, though it does get LED daytime running lights. The Harrier and Compass support HID projector headlights with partial LED tail lights. Though, the Compass stays behind by featuring a halogen daytime running light.
Speaking about the infotainment system, the MG Hector gets a big 10.4-inch HD touchscreen unit, and the Harrier comes with an 8.8-inch unit. Whereas the Compass has an 8.4-inch touchscreen display system and the XUV500 features a small 7-inch touchscreen display.
As compared to its rivals, we can expect the MG Hector price in India to fall in a range of Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. The Tata Harrier price starts from Rs 12.70 lakh and goes up to a range of Rs 16.26 lakh. Talking about the Mahindra XUV500 price, it gets a starting tag of Rs 12.32 lakh to Rs 19.72 lakh. The Jeep Compass’ price goes a bit higher in range, starting at Rs 15.60 lakh and stretches to 23.11 lakh for the top-end variant.