MG Hector will go on sale next month in India and here we have compiled five of the interesting facts about the five-seater premium SUV
Less than a couple of weeks ago, MG Motor India debuted its first product for the domestic market in the form of Hector. The premium SUV has plenty of tricks up its sleeve and is expected to make a sizeable impact when it goes on sale next month.
You might already know that the Hector is based on Baojun 530 and has advanced in-car connective features including AI-based voice assistant, embedded SIM card for over-the-air updates and other services, and a mega 10.4-inch vertically-oriented touchscreen infotainment system.
But here are the five interesting facts about the MG Hector you probably not heard of:
1) Partially Developed With General Motors & SAIC
Taking advantage of the parental brand SAIC’s wide reach and resources under a joint venture with General Motors (the company left India at the end of 2017) in the Chinese market for building the Baojun 530, the Hector came about using the spacial expectancy of the People’s Republic in an SUV and the high connectivity nature in search of a winning combination.
2) Developed in China; Gets American Powertrain and British Badge
MG Motor is a storied British automaker having its origins dated back to the early 1920s but it did not necessarily guarantee a long-lasting future as it had its ups and downs. Currently owned by SAIC, MG’s Hector is developed in its parental firm’s home country and is powered by a choice of 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine producing 170 PS and 350 Nm sourced from the Italian-American FCA group.
3) Sold As Chevrolet Captiva In Thailand And Columbia
Chevrolet sells the second generation Captiva in select markets and is nothing but the rebadged Baojun 530 or MG Hector. The latest Captiva was displayed in late 2017 in Colombia before entering the market and it can be had in five- and seven-seat configurations. MG will indeed launch the seven-seater Hector early next year in India following the debut of the all-electric eZS towards the end of 2019.
4) Sold As Wuling Almaz In Indonesia
The MG Hector is retailed in Indonesia under the Wuling brand with the Almaz nameplate that refers to “diamond” in Arabic. It was showcased at the 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show last August under the name Wuling SUV before the official revealing in January 2019 and going on sale a month later.
5) MG Motor is Run By Chinese State-Owned SAIC Group
The Chinese state-owned SAIC Group is based in Shanghai and was founded way back in 1955. Being one of the country’s three biggest automakers, SAIC has an array of JVs with Volkswagen and General Motors for production and selling of vehicles.
SAIC also has a bus and truck manufacturing sub-brand under its wing. MG was purchased by Nanjing Automobile Group that merged into SAIC in 2008.