The Wuling Almaz RS is the SUV on which the Indian-spec MG Hector facelift is based. Judging by the former, we can get an idea of what the MG Hector facelift would look like. The exterior bears a slight resemblance to the existing Hector SUV. One can recognize the inspiration from the Chinese model. Hector is one of the most tech-savvy SUVs in its category in the Indian market. That is what draws a lot of new customers to it. However, the competition in this segment is fierce. Therefore, a facelift could spur some demand.
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MG Hector Facelift Based on Wuling Almaz RS
Note that the Wuling Almaz RS comes in a 7-seat configuration. In India, this would translate to the Hector Plus which is the 7-seat version of the regular Hector. The Almaz RS bears a striking front fascia with a sleek LED DRL setup on the bonnet connected via a chrome belt. The main LED headlamps are positioned down below on the extreme edges of the bumper. That is a common trend among modern vehicles. Additionally, there is a large black grille between the headlamps and a sporty skid plate to accentuate the sportiness.
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Moving down the sides, one truly gets to experience the sheer length of the SUV. The alloy wheels are appealing and the wheel arches are quite pronounced. The black side pillars offer a floating roof effect and the roof lowers slightly as it approaches the rear. There is a roof-mounted spoiler and shark fin antenna. At the rear, you would again be able to connect the similarities between the existing Hector and Almaz RS. For instance, the LED taillamps and a chrome belt between the two are familiar. However, the latter comes with a massive twin chrome exhaust setup which elevates the sportiness to a large extent. Apart from that, there is also a reflector strip on the bumper with a rugged skid plate.
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Even though the Wuling Almaz RS comes with multiple powertrains in various international markets, in India, we expect the Hector to carry on with the existing engine options. It gives you two engine options – a 2.0-litre diesel engine from Fiat and a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The petrol version offers two transmission choices – a DCT and a CVT, while the diesel version only comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The petrol engine provides 143 hp and 250 Nm, while the diesel engine offers a robust 170 hp and 350 Nm of peak power and torque. The Hector’s price varies from Rs 14.95 lakh to Rs 21.95 lakh, ex-showroom. On the other hand, the Hector Plus ranges from Rs 17.75 lakh to Rs 22.68 lakh, ex-showroom.
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MG Motors has not been doing as great on the sales charts as it would’ve liked. Still, its Hector range is quite popular. With this facelift, the Chinese-owned British carmaker would want to revive its depleting sales. Recently, it announced massive price cuts on its models due to heavy localization. That can spur demand. We shall have to wait a bit longer to experience the Hector facelift in the flesh to see how well the customers receive it.