After much ado, MG Motor unveiled the Hector in India amidst much frenzy and musical performances. It is the British carmaker’s first offering in the country and will be launched in June. The mid-size SUV is based on the same platform that underpins the Baojun 530 but has been heavily localized for the Indian conditions. Let’s take a close look at the design of the Hector.
Up front, the fascia is highlighted by what MG calls it the ‘star rider’ grille with a full chrome outline that extends to the LED DRLs-cum-dynamic turn indicators.
Lower below, there are twin-projector LED headlights on either side of the bumper and LED fog lamps are placed beneath the headlamps. The bumper is accentuated by black body cladding and a faux silver skid plate that surrounds the large air dam.
Moving to the sides, you are greeted by the muscular wheel haunches and the black body cladding the extends from the front bumper to the doors and culminates on the rear bumper. There’s a chrome accent on the doors with Morris Garages embossed on it.
The wheel arches are filled with 10-spoke machined alloys, which look a bit overdone. And then, there are smaller 215/60 R17 tyres, which don’t complement the overall dimensions of the car.
The beltline features chrome lining throughout, and it rises sharply near the C-pillar. Door handles get a chrome garnish, and then, there’s a small window near the boot area as well.
MG Hector also features a largest-in-segment panoramic sunroof and an integrated spoiler. Roof rails are standard, and they get a brushed aluminium finish. The SUV also gets a shark fin antenna as standard.
The Hector gets a large tailgate along with a windshield-mounted wiper. The rear bumper features chunky black cladding with integrated reflectors and a faux silver skid plate that has twin exhaust openings with chrome lining. That said, only one opening is functional.
LED taillights are standard across the trims, and features dynamic turn indicators. The tail lamps are connected by a slim chrome bar, with the MG logo at the centre. The tailgate also features Hector and Hybrid/Internet Inside badges, depending on the model.
MG Hector gets an all-black cabin. However, the large glass area and the panoramic sunroof helps it in not being claustrophobic.
At the centre of the dash is the 10.4-inch vertical instrument cluster, which is the command centre for the iSmart connectivity features. Then there’s also a 7-inch colour TFT display for the MID.
The flat-bottom steering wheel is leather-wrapped and chunky to hold. The front seats are well cushioned, offer excellent support and there’s decent side bolstering as well. The rear legroom is easily class-leading, and the back seats get recline function along with a 60:40 split.
The MG Hector also gets a class-leading boot space capacity of 587 litres. Moreover, the parcel tray is retractable, and the electric tailgate is height adjustable.