The space Hector stepped into is driven by aspirations, ruggedness and feel-good factors. Hector, quite naturally, was competing against internet’s favourite SUV, Tata Harrier and the bold Jeep Compass. As a breath of fresh air, Hector infused a battery of connected features, most number of engine-gearbox combinations and colossal space inside the cabin.
For a matter of fact, all the three SUVs use the same FCA-sourced, 2-litre diesel engine in same set of tune. Harrier missing out on petrol while Jeep offers 1.4-litre multijet petrol as an option. On the other hand, MG introduced the mild hybrid in petrol along with a naturally-aspirated one with the Hector.
Is the segment underperforming or Hector outpacing the rival?
Between July 2019 to July 2020, Hector, Harrier and Jeep had a cumulative sales count of 26,242, 9,634 and 6,220 units respectively.
Numbers clearly show MG Hector holding a good grip over others. The Covid-19 pandemic induced nation-wide lockdown halted the steady sales trend. In April, Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and MG Hector recorded zero sales.
The market got a kick-start in May and 772 units of MG Hector were sold, whereas Tata Harrier’s only 161 units were sold and Compass finishing distant third with 93 units.
In June 2020, MG sold 1,867 units of the Hector which was till at pole position as Tata Harrier had a sale of 653 units and Jeep Compass at 400. In July, MG Hector’s 2023 units were sold, Tata Harrier was at 985 and Jeep Compass sold 400 units.
Customers have often shown more interest towards diesel in the segment. However, petrol-powered Hector is equally popular. Out of 26,242 units sold, 1.5-litre petrol (and hybrid) contributed to 51 per cent.
Similarly, automatic transmission has been the choice of the majority. 77% of MG Hector’s sold units came with an automatic transmission and the rest 23% were manual.
In the BS6 era, MG launched the new emission standard compliant Hector petrol to coincide with the Auto Expo and BS6 complaint MG Hector diesel launch soon after it.
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The Hector is offered with BS6 diesel and petrol engines. Output figures of the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit stand at 143PS and 250Nm, while the BS6 2.0-litre diesel engine continues to put out 170PS and 350Nm.
MG also offers the 1.5-litre petrol engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system. While the 1.5-litre petrol engine is offered with both a 6-speed MT and DCT, MG offers the hybrid variants and the 2.0-litre diesel motor of the Hector with a 6-speed MT.
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The Hector is offered with a 2WD system.
MG has packed the Hector with features such as a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, and a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Standard safety features include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors.
This July, completing a year, the company extended Hector family. The six-seater Hector Plus, based on the Hector, would like to consolidate on the fine start.