New Delhi: MG India will announce the prices of the Hector facelift on January 11 at the Auto Expo 2023. The brand recently showcased the SUV, which now offers a refreshed exterior and interior along with new feature updates. Hector was already launched in 2019 and received its first update in 2021.
MG Hector Facelift: Exterior and interior details
The Hector facelift features a redesigned front end with a large diamond grille that is complemented by bold chrome trims at the top. In profile, the refreshed Hector remains identical to the outgoing model, even the design of the alloy wheels is the same. It’s at the rear where the SUV gets updates in the form of LED inserts that connect the taillights and bold ‘Hector’ badging.
The interior of the facelifted Hector sees the biggest change – it features a new 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system, the largest of any car sold in India so far.
This system now supports wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other interior highlights include a redesigned dashboard with a dual-layer design with horizontally placed D-shaped AC vents, a redesigned center console with a new row of physical buttons and new graphics for the 7.0-inch digital driver display. The facelifted Hector is available in 5-, 6- and 7-seater variants in two-tone brown and black.
MG Hector facelift: Powertrain and ADAS technology
Similar to other models in the brand’s range – such as the Gloster, ZS EV and Astor – the facelifted Hector gets advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
This technology includes safety features such as lane keep assist, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic warning, forward collision warning and lane departure warning. It also gets a feature called Traffic Jam Assist which, when activated, helps the SUV stop and move away when it detects slow-moving traffic ahead.
In terms of engine options, the Hector continues with the same 143bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine available with either a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission. However, the MG Hector facelift will no longer get a mild-hybrid powertrain.
The diesel engine also remains the same – a 2.0-litre 170bhp unit shared with the Harrier, Safari and Compass, offered only with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
MG Hector Facelift: Rivals
The MG Hector facelift is expected to cost between Rs 15-20 million. It will compete with the likes of the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta and newer rivals like the Grand Vitara and Urban Cruiser Hyryder. It will also compete with three-row SUVs like the XUV700 and Safari.
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