The Hector SUV, MG Motor’s key volume producer in the Indian market, will shortly undergo a facelift. This will be the second update for Hector to be released in 2019. Extended equipment list, particularly 14-inch touchscreen and ADAS, will allow for increased competitiveness against the likes of XUV700, Harrier, and Alcazar.
Because the improvements will raise Hector’s prices, MG will continue to sell the 2021 model alongside the facelift version. Based on demand, the decision to withdraw the older model could be made later. Other automakers, such as Mahindra and Honda, have already used this strategy. It will allow MG to reach a wider range of potential clients with various budgets.
A prominent diamond mesh grille will replace the current trapezoidal studded grille as one of the primary modifications for the 2023 Hector facelift. Hector already has a commanding street presence, which will be accentuated by this new premium, royal-looking grille.
The top-mounted LED DRLs appear to be the same, while the headlamps and front bumper have been significantly adjusted. The side and back profiles haven’t been changed significantly. The interiors receive a significant update with a new dual-layer dashboard. The cockpit area is very gorgeous, especially with the mood lighting and the big, vertically positioned 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Hector has a 10.4-inch touchscreen as of right now. Curvy, D-shaped AC vents that match the cool interiors are among the other improvements. Piano black and chrome are liberally used to further improve the overall look and feel. The upholstery will also be modified depending on the individual version.
MG’s i-Smart connectivity platform will likely get a few additional capabilities. It is possible to expand voice and Hinglish commands. Hector currently knows more than 100 voice commands as well as more than 35 Hinglish instructions. Voice assistance for regional languages is an additional function that is useful in a multilingual nation like India. This function is now available on Hyundai’s BlueLink communication system.
Hector’s redesign in 2023 is anticipated to include ADAS technologies with an emphasis on increased safety. The range could be comparable to the Astor, which offers speed assist, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, blind spot recognition, lane keep assist, front collision warning, rear-drive assist, and intelligent headlamp control.
The same 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline and hybrid versions as well as 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engines will be available. The 6-speed manual or CVT transmission can be used with the 143 PS/250 Nm gasoline engine. Only a 6-speed manual gearbox is available for the petrol hybrid powertrain. The 6-speed manual transmission is paired with a diesel engine that has 170 PS and 350 Nm of torque. There were rumors that MG may provide an automatic transmission with the diesel engine, however, MG has clarified that the diesel AT Hector will not be released. On January 5, 2023, a new Hector will debut.
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