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MG Hector 2023 First Impressions: Style and Technology Get Generous Updates

The MG Hector was the first product from MG Motor India when it made its debut here in 2019. The Hector SUV is often said to have established a solid foundation for MG to enter a complex market. complex, this is also a market that offers many opportunities.

Shubhodeep Chakravarty

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January 8, 2023, 11:02 AM

The new MG Hector SUV comes with important updates on the outside and inside the cabin.
The new MG Hector SUV comes with important updates on the outside and inside the cabin.

Demand for SUVs has only increased over the past few years and while Hector has to play the double-challenged game not only against established rivals like the Hyundai Creta and Tata Harrier but also against newer rivals like Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun and even Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara now. The list of options will only grow and so it’s the right time for MG to roll out the massively updated 2023 Hector. While there are no mechanical changes, the SUV promises significant design updates on the outside and comes with more features on the inside.

Watch: MG Hector 2023: First Look

2023 MG Hector: Exterior

The latest Hector has the same proportions as the model it will soon replace in the Indian car market but it is grabbing your attention with its updated styling highlights. The front grille is a mammoth, for example, and is perhaps the biggest overall highlight of the 2023 model year. A large number of SUV buyers rate looks as their number one priority and follow In that sense, the 2023 Hector’s front grille has dealt the first blow.

On either side of the grille are sleek LED daytime running lights while the headlight housings sit lower. The bonnet remains largely the same shape and size, while helping to complete a very striking look.

Swipe aside and this is definitely a Hector. Striking wheel arches, large windows, well-crafted chrome trims and lingering personality lines. The only – and nagging – issue here is how the 18-inch wheels still look a bit small under the car’s otherwise large frame.

The rear configuration of the latest Hector is still similar except for the LED strip that is connected between the taillights. While hardly a unique design highlight in the Indian car market – think Venue, Taigun and others, it certainly gives the Hector a very sporty appeal. from behind.

2023 MG Hector: Cabin highlights

Hector continues to boast an extremely spacious cabin, and many seating options will continue to exist. So one can buy this car with the usual five-seat layout offering a generous cargo area, or both six- and seven-seat layouts.

Seats remain comfortable in any row you can choose, and the upholstery’s bright color theme continues to give the cabin a very upscale appeal. The space remains the same as the vehicle proportions do not change. But what has changed is the main infotainment screen at the front.

If the large front grille is the main highlight on the outside, the new 14-inch dashboard screen takes the lead in the new Hector’s cabin. MG claims this is the largest vertically oriented display in any car available in India, and considering how many offer top-to-bottom displays, we wouldn’t doubt it. But if the size of the screen impresses at first glance, it is the display quality and touch response that can set a new benchmark for cars in this segment. It also packs a lot of stuff – from multiple apps to vehicle information, and while one can use the MapMyIndia navigation system, one big update is full-screen navigation if Google and Apple Maps are used. .

The screen can also be used to open or close the large panoramic sunroof, and the sliding function here allows one to precisely adjust the level. The monitor also integrates air conditioning control that now comes with an ion generator and PM2.5 filter. The speakers set up are still the same Infinity sound system and on par with course. Other standout features include ambient lighting, wireless phone charging, steering wheel-mounted controls and a multi-information driver display. Unfortunately, the steering and driver screens now start to look a bit outdated – especially when you swipe your eyes away from the home screen – and can get a refreshed layout and a revamped theme. corresponding update.

On the convenience side, however, one big update is that one can now use the MG app to get a digital key for the car. This means that not only can you unlock, start, and drive in the new Hector without a physical key, you can also share this digitally with two other people to allow them to enter and continue. close to the vehicle.

2023 MG Hector: Stats Boost

As mentioned before, there are no changes to the mechanics under the hood and the upcoming MG Hector will continue to be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel and a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine- 1.5 liter cylinder. The diesel engine on the Hector produces 167 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The petrol engine produces 141 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The car will continue to come with both manual as well as automatic transmission options.

Now, while all of the above remains unchanged, MG has equipped the Hector 2023 with a variety of driver assistance features, including Level 2 ADAS or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. The listing includes nifty details like turn signals that automatically activate when the steering wheel is tilted at low speeds – a big safety feature when you forget the indicator, dead-pedal steering that allows the vehicle to crawl get on and stop in traffic jams, etc.

Launch and pre-order price of MG Hector 2023

MG Motor India will officially launch the Hector 2023 at the upcoming Auto Expo in Greater Noida and it is here that the pricing structure will be known. Currently, SUVs start at about $14.80 lakh and go to $20.60 lakh (old gallery). New Hector can be priced in the range of $15.50 lakh and $21.50 lakh (old gallery) for the top variant with ADAS. Of course, we’ll know for sure in just a few days from now.

HT Auto will also be releasing a comprehensive first-drive review of the 2023 MG Hector soon and will focus on the driving characteristics offered. Stay tuned for this and more coming your way.

First published date: January 8, 2023, 10:57 am IST


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