The seven-seater MG Hector will be based on the same platform as the five-seater Hector, which is the same platform which underpins the Baojun 530 SUV.
MG Motors has quite some big plans for India. They have already introduced the Hector which is their first product in the country and even opened a flagship experience center in Gurgaon. MG Motors has said that they would introduce as many as four new models in India in the next eighteen months and that includes a seven-seater MG Hector.
Gaurav Gupta, Vice President- Sales & Marketing, MG Motors India said, “In eighteen months from today we are targeting to bring four new platforms and these will be SUVs starting with the Hector and towards the calendar year Q3 and early Q4 which is the September-October timeframe we bring in the electric vehicle. In early January we bring in the six-seven seater of the Hector and then in the remaining 12 months we bring in the two new platforms.”
The seven-seater MG Hector will be based on the same platform as the five-seater Hector, which is the same platform which underpins the Baojun 530 SUV (MG Motor’s sister brand from SAIC) in China. MG’s second vehicle in India will be an electric SUV, the eZS which shares its underpinnings with SAIC’s Roewe RX5. It i s scheduled to be launched in the third quarter of this year, after which the seven-seater Hector will follow.
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The forth product will also be a sub-compact SUV which will be a corresponding model of any other SAIC’s product. It will however, be tailored to suit the taste of Indian customers and will also comply with sub-four meter norms. MG Motor is also planning to introduce the iSmart connectivity features in its entire line up.
Talking about the seven-seater Hector, it will also feature the iSmart connectivity and other features from the regular Hector. As for the engines, the same set of the engines from the Hector will continue with its bigger brother as well, perhaps in a slightly higher states of tune. There’s the diesel, Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre Multijet engine churning out 168 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard.
There’s also a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol engine which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and develops 141 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. The petrol also gets a 6-speed dual clutch transmission. Furthermore, the same 1.5-litre petrol engine is coupled with a 48 Volt mild hybrid system. A 48-volt lithium-ion battery helps store energy and provides extra torque assistance of up to 20 Nm when required.