MG Hector 2021 Updates
Riding on the strong success of the original model, the 2021 MG Hector picks up the baton with its updated exteriors, refreshed interiors, and significant additions to the feature list.
For 2021, MG has updated its flagship SUV, the Hector, with a host of cosmetic changes and feature upgrades. The 2021 MG Hector continues to come in a 5-seat configuration in a total of four variants: Style, Super, Smart, and Sharp. We take a close look at what’s new on the 2021 Hector and whether the facelift version has what it takes to continue the winning streak of its predecessor.
The new MG Hector comes with a host of cosmetic changes while still sporting that unmistakably bold and upright stance. At the front, the honeycomb grille now features a chrome stud pattern that looks strikingly premium. The first-in-segment floating light turn indicators bring that extra oomph to its macho personality. Lower down the bumper, the scuff plate now gets a gunmetal finish, as opposed to the silver colour of its predecessor.
Things are noticeably different in profile as the new Hector gets bigger 18-inch alloys, replacing the 17-inch units on the outgoing version. Not only do these fill the wheel arches better but they also give the new Hector a rugged and purposeful stance. Further helping the aesthetics is the taller profile (55) of the tyres and the option of a dual-tone roof on selected variants.
Around the back, the changes on the 2021 model include a glossy black garnish for the tailgate which replaces the LED tail lamp strip of the outgoing model. Moreover, the rear skid plate, just like the front one, gets gunmetal finishing. In sum, all these changes on the outside come together to give the 2021 MG Hector a more upmarket look than before.
The 2021 Hector now comes with champagne and black upholstery, instead of the black-grey interiors of the older model. The new colour scheme improves the sense of space inside the cabin. The feel good factor, on the other hand, is well taken care of by the first-in-class eight-colour ambient lighting. The roominess of Hector’s cabin gets an added boost with its large panoramic sunroof. Further, the 60:40 split rear bench can be folded fully flat to expand the cavernous boot capacity of the SUV.
Added Features and Equipment
MG has also updated its much-loved, best-in-class 10.4-inch i-SMART system and as a result, the unit has become a lot smoother to operate. More importantly, it now understands and responds to more than 35 Hinglish Commands -- a first-of-its-kind feature in the Indian automobile industry. All you have to say is “Hello MG” and use Hindi commands to perform various functions, including opening/closing the sunroof, increasing/decreasing the volume, changing HVAC settings, and switching to navigation.
The updated i-SMART system also comes equipped with a voice search feature in Gaana App, an engine start alarm, external Wi-Fi connectivity, a voice alert for low tyre pressure, Accuweather, and low battery and speed limit notifications. In fact, the 2021 MG Hector comes with more than 60 connected car features including the newly added capability of remotely controlling the car through the smartwatch. The best-in-class Infinity sound system is a treat for audiophiles and allows listeners to enjoy their favourite music without any distraction.
The 2021 MG Hector gets some significant feature additions including an auto-dimming internal rear view mirror, wireless charging, and cooled seats for front occupants. In addition, the first-in-class features such as heated ORVMs and 4-way adjustable co-driver seat continue to offer oodles of convenience while the best-in-class powered tailgate offers easy hands-free opening and closing of the tailgate.
Engine and Transmission
As before, the 2021 MG Hector continues to come with two engine options: 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol (143PS/250Nm) and 2-litre turbocharged diesel (170PS/350Nm). Besides, the petrol variant of the SUV is also available with India’s first 48V mild-hybrid system. The environment-friendly version offers additional torque to the SUV at low speeds (E-boost) and improves its performance in the city’s stop-start traffic conditions. It also comes equipped with regenerative braking and an engine idle auto stop-start system. In terms of transmission options, both petrol and diesel variants come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The SUV also offers the convenience of an automatic transmission (DCT or CVT) in petrol guise.
Safety and Security
The 2021 MG Hector sets new benchmarks in active safety features with the first-in-segment fatigue reminder and front parking sensors. Other prominent safety features on the SUV include six airbags, ABS+EBD+BA, electronic stability programme, traction control system, rear disc brakes, hill hold control, 360-degree surround-view camera, and electric parking brake. In addition, the ISOFIX child seat mounts, tyre pressure monitoring system, high-strength steel body, and thick door panels reassure occupants of their safety and security.
2021 MG Hector: A Thoroughly Updated Package
Backed by the expansive network of over 250 centres across the country, the 2021 MG comes across as a thoroughly revised package. Not only does the 2021 model look attractive and desirable, it also raises the bar with some key feature additions. And with prices for the refreshed Hector starting at as low as Rs 13.85 lakh (ex-showroom India), MG has certainly hit the ball out of the park when it comes to the performance and value-for-money proposition.
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