Indonesia-spec MG Hector (Wuling Almaz) Now Offered With A Hybrid Powertrain
It features a 2-litre petrol engine and a 176PS electric motor with an e-CVT
Wuling has priced the Almaz Hybrid at Rp 470,000,000, equivalent to almost Rs 25 lakh.
The SUV gets design upgrades, a ‘hybrid’ badge and blue accents inside and out.
Inside, the Indonesia-spec Hector hybrid comes with a beige leather upholstery and seven seats.
Features on board the SUV include a panoramic sunroof, a 10.4-inch touchscreen and ADAS.
India-spec Hector to get a facelift soon; existing model to remain on sale.
The MG Hector, known as the Wuling Almaz in the Indonesian market, now gets a strong-hybrid version. The hybrid tech is available with the RS variant of the SUV, which is priced at Rp 470,000,000 or around Rs 25 lakh in Indian money.
Wuling has equipped the Almaz Hybrid with a 2-litre petrol engine rated at 125PS and 168Nm, coupled with an e-CVT. The hybrid car has a 176PS electric motor delivering 320Nm, supported by a small 1.8kW battery pack. The combined output of the power unit is not available.
The carmaker is offering three drive modes – EV mode, Series Hybrid and Parallel Hybrid – in the Almaz Hybrid. In comparison, we only get a mild-hybrid petrol powertrain for the India-spec MG Hector with no electric motor.
Gets A Few Design Upgrades As Well
The Almaz Hybrid also sports blue highlights inside and out to signify its electrified nature. It features blue surrounds for the front fog lamp housings and a blue insert in the front bumper and 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels. At the back, the major difference is the inclusion of the ‘hybrid’ badge to set it apart from the regular version.
Its cabin gets the blue touches around the digital driver’s display, the push-button start/stop and on the drive mode selector. The hybrid variant also comes with beige leather upholstery. The Indonesia-spec Hector is offered in a seven-seater configuration. In India, the three-row version is called the Hector Plus.
The Wuling Almaz Hybrid is provided with a panoramic sunroof, a 10.4-inch touchscreen system, and connected car tech. Its highlight though is the suite of advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS), which comprises adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist (LKA).
While most of these features apart from ADAS are also offered on the India-spec MG Hector, this new Indonesia-spec hybrid variant misses out on the larger display that will be offered on the facelifted version.
What About The Hector In India?
MG currently offers the India-spec Hector with both petrol and diesel engines and the former gets mild-hybrid assistance. The SUV is due a midlife refresh soon, which will make it a bit costlier than the existing model (that will continue to be on sale). Given the advent of strong-hybrid models, MG could plan to launch the strong-hybrid version of the Hector in India in the near future. The SUV takes on the likes of the Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV700, Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq and Maruti Grand Vitara.
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