According to recent reports, MG is set to launch the facelift version of MG Hector in India by October. Earlier, the test mules for the new facelift had been spotted in Gujarat. The timeline for the new MG Hector facelift is pointing towards a Diwali release. It is also rumoured to share some aspects and design elements from the Wuling Almaz.
MG Hector facelift: ADAS, Design upgrade, and more
The MG Hector facelift is set to receive a front-end redesign with a bigger new grille that looks quite similar to the Wuling Almaz. The headlamps have been updated as well, now featuring single large projectors as opposed to dual small LEDs in the outgoing model. The LED recesses have been de-chromed and blacked out as well. The tail light design has been slightly tweaked too.
Perhaps the most significant upgrade, the MG Hector facelift now comes with the Autonomous Driving Assistance System (ADAS). This upgrade has been long due considering it’s already present in the MG Astor and Gloster. The ADAS includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning.
The engine of the MG Hector facelift will remain unchanged and will continue to be offered in two powertrain options – the 1.5-litre petrol engine and the 2.0-litre diesel engine. The turbo petrol engine can generate a maximum power of 143hp with a torque of 250Nm, while the diesel engine can churn out 170hp with a torque of 350Nm. Both engines are mated with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the non-hybrid petrol version also gets the option of a CVT automatic.
The MG Hector facelift is set to rival the Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Tata Harrier, Kia Seltos, and Hyundai Creta. Apart from the Hector facelift, MG is also gearing up to launch its 2-door compact EV next year.