Morris Garage, the British carmaker made a comeback to the Indian market in 2019 with its Hector SUV. The country’s first ‘Internet SUV’ debuted on 27Th June, 2019, and has been the automaker’s best-selling model ever since.
At 20Th In December 2023, MG celebrated the achievement of crossing the 1 lakh hectare production milestone. 1,00,000Th The SUV unit rolled out from MG’s Halul production facility in Gujarat in its brilliant red livery.
The MG Hector is said to get a new generation facelift in January 2023 which has already been seen in pictures. And interestingly, the 100,000th unit of Hector that has been commemorated seems to be the new generation model.
MG has been tight-lipped about the new generation Hector which explains why the front of the car was covered in flowers. But the new gloss black headlamps make it clear that this is indeed the new generation Hector seen in the pictures.
MG has announced that the Hector facelift will be officially launched in India on January 5, 2023.
The main changes are focused at the front as MG has given a wider grille with diamond-chrome inserts. Gloss black headlamps flanked by a new chrome skid plate give it an impressive stance and more road presence.
At the rear, a chrome strip runs from below the taillamps across the tailgate and there’s also a revised bumper. A vertically positioned 14-inch touchscreen will be the focal point of the new dashboard layout. The SUV will be mechanically unchanged and will use the same powertrain options.
But then, it will get ADAS and the Hector is expected to have similar features to those seen in the Astor. These include features like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, lane departure warning, forward collision avoidance, blind spot monitor, and stop-go traffic assist.
The SUV has been a consistent top seller for MG and the facelift introduced in 2021 has further boosted sales. The Hector is currently available in both petrol and diesel powertrain options.
The 1.5-L turbo-petrol motor is good for a power output of 141bhp at 5000rpm and 250Nm of torque at 1600-3600rpm. It also comes with a mild hybrid version to improve fuel efficiency. While its Fiat-sourced 2.0-L diesel engine produces 168bhp of power at 3750rpm and 350Nm of torque at 1750-2500rpm.
Buyers opting for the petrol Hector also get to choose between CVT and DCT transmissions. The 5-seater SUV also got its 7-seater derivative which came with the option of captain seats in the second row.