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MG Hector Facelift Spied, Features An Updated Front End

Published On Nov 30, 2020 07:00 PM By Dhruv for MG Hector 2019-2021

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Changes to the Hector are expected to be only cosmetic in nature, with not much expected in the features or powertrain departments

  • Hector was launched less than two years ago.

  • Grille has been fully revised and it looks like it is finished in matt black.

  • Alloy wheels seem to be bigger and feature a new design.

  • We expect new material for the interior, especially the upholstery.

  • Expected to MG to add a few new features with this update.

  • Expect a slight premium over the current price range of Rs 12.83 lakh to Rs 18.08 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi).

  • Launch expected in early 2021.

MG has a facelift in the works for the Hector, less than two years after kick starting its India journey with the mid-size SUV. The spy shots show that the Hector’s front end has been slightly tweaked along with other minor changes to keep the SUV looking fresh among its competition.

The grille, which previously had a honeycomb design finished in glossy black, has been given a matte black kind of finish with squarish elements making up the grille. The rest of the front-end looks similar to the current Hector. We expected MG to turn to the Hector Plus for inspiration, which is not the case here.

From the side, it is easy to make out that the test mule seems to be running on bigger 18-inch wheels which nicely fill out the wheel arches. The new five-spoke alloy wheel design looks good on the SUV, doing justice to its size. The rear end of the test mule is completely camouflaged and thus there are no changes that can be made out just yet.

As far as the interior is concerned, there are no pictures yet. However, we expect MG to offer a spruced up cabin with new materials for the upholstery and possibly on the dashboard. As far as the layout is concerned, we don’t expect things to change as this is just a minor facelift. We don't expect any major update in the features list as well as the Hector is already loaded to the gills with all the latest tech. It however doesn’t get ventilated seats, something you get in the Sonet which competes in a lower segment. MG could be tempted to offer this feature as it is very useful in the Indian climate.

On the powertrain front, things are expected to remain pretty much the same. The 2.0-litre diesel engine from Fiat should continue to make the same 170PS and 350Nm. The 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine should also continue to make 143PS and 250Nm, along with the option to spec it with a mild-hybrid system. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard with both engines, although the option of an automatic in the form of a 6-speed dual clutch transmission can only be had with the turbo-petrol motor.

We expect a slight premium of around Rs 10,000 for the facelifted over the current model, which retails anywhere between Rs 12.83 lakh and Rs 18.08 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). The facelifted Hector will continue to rival the likes of Tata Harrier, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta and the upcoming Mahindra XUV500 once it is launched in the coming months.

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