The MG Hector is only a few months away from its launch and will rival Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500
The MG Hector, or the rebadged Baojun 530, to be specific, is just months away from its launch in the country. The upcoming SUV has already made a lot of noise due to the various high-tech features it promises to offer. However, there’s one aspect of the Hector that has gone unnoticed so far – its dimensions. The MG Hector is even bigger than the Tata Harrier, which is itself quite big and almost dwarfs the Mahindra XUV500 and the Jeep Compass easily.
The MG Hector is dimensionally the same as the Baojun 530 which measures 4.65 metres in length, 1.83 metres in width, and 1.76 metres in height. It has a wheelbase of 2.75 metres. In comparison, the Tata Harrier is 4.59-metre long, 1.89-metre wide and 1.71-metre tall. It has a wheelbase of 2.74 metres. From this, it is clear that the Hector easily outclasses the Harrier in the comparison of dimensions.
Unsurprisingly, the MG Hector is really a lot bigger than the Mahindra XUV500. The popular 7-seater SUV measures 4.58 metres in length, 1.89 metres in width, and 1.78 metres in height. It has a wheelbase of 2.70 metres. All this means that the MG Hector will be one of the biggest SUVs in its price bracket and this should ensure some great street presence.
Talking about the features that the MG Hector will offer, it will have various first-in-segment gadgets, including a 10.4-inch portrait-style touchscreen infotainment system with various connectivity options and support for an eSIM, panoramic sunroof, 7-inch driver information display, electric parking brake, power-adjustable seats, Harman-sourced Infinity audio system with four speakers, four tweeters and a subwoofer and a 360-degree around-view camera.
While the Tata Harrier is available only with a diesel engine option with a manual transmission, the MG Hector will be available with both petrol and diesel engine choices. The petrol motor will be available with both manual and automatic transmissions and even the diesel motor will gain an automatic option at a later stage.
The petrol motor of the MG Hector will be a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit that will produce 143 hp and 250 Nm. It will be available with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engine option will come in the form of an FCA-sourced 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine that is expected to produce 172 hp and 350 Nm. Initially, it will be available only with a 6-speed manual transmission.