There is a piece of good news for those of you who have been waiting for the MG Hector bookings to reopen. We have already told you that the bookings of Hector were temporarily suspended in July owing to high initial demand. But now the carmaker has hinted that the bookings might open in October.
MG (Morris Garages) Motor launched Hector in India on June 27 in the price range of Rs 12.18 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 16.88 lakh (ex-showroom). The carmaker sold 2,018 units of Hector in August. In comparison, rival Kia Motors reportedly disposed of 6,200 units of Seltos during the same month. Kia Seltos was launched in India on August 22.
MG Hector bookings commenced in India on June 4. The carmaker had garnered over 10,000 bookings by the time of the launch of the SUV. Overall, MG Motor has received 28,000 bookings for Hector. It has also added over 11,000 additional customers on its priority waiting list. The carmaker is planning to speed up the production of Hector to 3,000 units in September at its Halol manufacturing facility.
"We cannot and don't want to reopen the bookings till the time we have a clear idea of deliveries. So first we want to take care of our existing customers who have already booked and then we want to resume bookings. So my guess is within October we should reopen the bookings," MG Motor India President and Managing Director Rajeev Chaba told carandbike.
MG Hector specifications and features
MG Hector is available in four variants -- Style, Super, Smart and Sharp. There are five colour options -- Aurora Silver, Candy White, Starry Black, Burgundy Red and Coloured Glaze Red. Apart from Kia Seltos, it rivals against Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500, Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass.
The SUV comes in with two engine options -- 1.5-litre turbocharged intercooled petrol and 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel. The petrol engine makes 143 PS and 250 Nm of torque. The diesel motor delivers 170 PS and 350 Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre turbocharged intercooled petrol option also has a separate hybrid option. There is a standard 6-speed manual gearbox, with the 1.5-litre turbocharged intercooled petrol variant also getting a 6-speed DCT. The diesel and hybrid trims do not get an automatic option.
At 4,655 mm, MG Hector is longer than Tata Harrier. The width is 1,835 mm, while the height is 1,760 mm. A long wheelbase of 2,750 mm translates into a very spacious cabin. The boot is a massive 587 litres.
MG Hector boasts of an impressive design having features like bold front grille with surrounding chrome accent, split LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED fog lamps, LED tail lamps, LED fog lamps, dual-tone machined alloys, shark fin antenna, floating light turn indicators and heated ORVM.
The SUV's cabin gets features like 7-inch coloured multi-information display, 10.4-inch HD touchscreen audio video navigation system, 4-way power-adjustable co-driver seat, 2nd-row seat recline, fatigue reminder setting, powered tailgate opening and dual-pane panoramic sunroof. MG Motor claims that Hector is India's first internet car with iSMART technology having over 50 connected features.