MG Motors enters India with the MG Hector which is now under production. The car is being made in their Halol facility with an annual capacity of 80,000 units. With the start of the production, we can also see the car in clear pictures.
MG also points out that 75% of their car comes from local content. This allows the company to price the car at a very good price. The plant also has an initial investment of Rs 2,000 crore. The entire unit was set up in just 18 months. MG also has plans to expand the facility in the future to 200,000 units per annum. They also plan to invest an additional Rs 5,000 crores.
MG Hector is the first car in the Indian market to feature a built in eSim. This lets the car stay connected to the internet and have smart features. The Hector will come in two engine options – a 1.5 turbo-petrol and also a 2.0 diesel sourced from FCA. Some reports suggest that the Hector will also get a mild hybrid system with start/stop system and regenerative braking. This will allow the car to benefit under the FAME II scheme. The 1.5 -liter motor will produce around 141 BHP and 250 Nm. The 2.0-liter engine is the same as seen on the Tata Harrier and also the Jeep Compass. It will likely produce 171 BHP and 350 Nm of torque.
With over 75% resource localization, the car will be priced around Rs 16-20 lakh (expected). This puts the Hector in direct competition with the likes of the Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and also the Hyundai Creta.