•  2023 MG Hector: First Look Review

Ahead of its imminent launch, we got an up close look at the slew of updates on the MG Hector

It was in June 2019 when MG Motor began its India journey with the Hector SUV that grabbed attention rather quickly and has soldiered on strongly in the Indian SUV space. Since then however, the competition has gotten intense and MG has had to respond to that. Sure, the SUV got a slight upgrade in 2021, but now, the carmaker has given it a proper midlife refresh. We got a chance to have a look at the facelifted SUV from all the angles to see whether the upgrades make it a better overall package.

 

Blinged-out!

What’s immediately clear to see is that MG Motor India has upped the ante on the bling factor of the Hector especially at the front. Now, the front grille has grown considerably over the outgoing model, and sports a new diamond-mesh that the carmaker claims is inspired by an Argyle pattern. Aside from this, the front bumper has received a few tweaks to accommodate the new grille which isn’t easy to notice unless you have a pre-facelifted Hector parked alongside it.

Most of the SUV’s exterior design remains as is, including the 18-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, the Hector gets a connected tail lamp setup, with minor tweaks to the bumper. The Havana Grey, Candy White, Glaze Red, Aurora Silver, Starry Black, as well as the dual-tone White-Black paint options have been retained, with a new Dune Brown shade joining the fray. Overall, a significant design update to the SUV while not going too overboard on the bling factor.

 

Better equipped

The meat of the changes onboard the facelifted Hector are visible once you step into the cabin. The most obvious change is the ginormous touchscreen infotainment system which has grown from 10.4-inches to a 14-inch unit. It also comes with a fully digital instrument cluster, a revamped centre console with more buttons as well as soft-touch materials on the dashboard that are similar to the Astor.

While the Hector retains bits such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, iSMART connected car technology, a panoramic sunroof, a wireless phone charger as well as an Infinity sound system, the SUV gets more kit onboard. This includes an MG Assistant feature similar to the Astor that allows voice commands for functions such as the panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, and temperature adjustments. Other additions include the ambient lighting being expanded to feature eight colour options, with the 360-degree camera getting an HD setup and a 3D mode. Another cool addition is the presence of automatic indicators that flash according to the direction you’re steering at.

 

Safety upgrades

The big addition to the SUV is of course the ADAS suite of advanced safety assists like the Astor. This Level 2 ADAS suit comprises the likes of adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist, traffic jam assist, and forward collision warning.

 

Changes under the hood?

What remains pretty much identical is the mechanicals of the facelifted Hector. It continues to be powered by a 143PS 1.5-litre petrol engine with a mild hybrid option as well as the 170PS 2-litre turbo diesel unit. A 6-speed manual gearbox remains a standard offering for all powertrains with the mild hybrid petrol mill getting a CVT automatic option.

 

Price?

While prices for the facelifted MG Hector are yet to surface, we expect them to show up very soon in the middle of Auto Expo 2023 that is set to kick off on January 11, 2023. Currently, the pre-facelift model retails between Rs 14.73 lakh to Rs 20.66 lakh, ex-showroom. With all these upgrades expect a significant premium for the facelifted model when it goes on sale in India. It’ll also get a six and seven-seater option (Hector Plus). Stay tuned for when we get to experience the updated Hector in the real world.

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