However, these mild updates do not leave a lasting impression on buyers and most customers still think of the MG Hector as an “internet SUV” with a large infotainment screen – a trait that has been present since the SUV’s debut in India.
Although the 2019 update introduced some changes in terms of design, thanks to the arrival of new entrants in the C and D SUV segments, the MG Hector SUV has found it difficult to stand out from the crowd with its long list of features take off alone.
Therefore, a new significant update is required to make the SUV much more visible on the “buyer’s radar”. MG Motor India has now recognized this and is now preparing to launch the heavily updated MG Hector SUV in India. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 MG Hector SUV.
The latest update will make the MG Hector look much more premium and distinctive with its large, imposing diamond-mesh front grille, repositioned LED headlights, new front and rear bumpers, updated taillights and more. However, we expect the silhouette to remain similar to the outgoing model.
MG Motor India has already released some images of the updated interior of the upcoming new MG Hector SUV. Looking at these images, the interior of the 2023 MG Hector SUV looks much more premium and sophisticated than the previous model.
Starting with the dashboard design, the dual-layer design and new D-shaped horizontal air vents emphasize the width of the cabin, while the new 14-inch portrait-mode HD infotainment screen adds to the sophistication.
Additionally, the minimal button design and ambient lighting strips really make the cabin of the upcoming new MG Hector SUV stand out. In addition, the new model also gets a fully digital instrument cluster.
The forthcoming MG Hector SUV will be equipped with an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) – not surprising given the automotive trend in India.
Because ADAS is an active safety system already available in MG vehicles like MG Gloster and MG Astor, features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Park Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Traffic Alert and more more.
Although the MG Hector SUV continues to be one of the most tech-laden cars in India, we expect the upcoming model to be packed with even more features. Expect features like an upgraded 360-degree Surround View camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless connectivity, power seat adjusters, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, an upgraded music system, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, a cooled glove box, and a Panorama sunroof, ambient lighting with more color options, better upholstery and much more. Apart from that, we also expect MG to equip the updated MG Hector SUV with AI Assistant.
In terms of the powertrain, we expect MG to continue with similar engine options. In addition, the 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 167.75 peak horsepower and 350 Nm peak torque is likely to be the most popular choice. Although this device is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, we expect a new automatic transmission in the updated model.
On the other hand, the 1.5-liter petrol engine with 141 hp and 250 Nm of torque can have an ISG for better fuel efficiency. Transmission options will likely continue with the same 6-speed manual and CVT units.
Thoughts on the facelifted MG Hector SUV
We expect the 2023 MG Hector SUV to set new standards in terms of features and equipment offered. It will also be interesting to see how the competition reacts to such a feature-packed vehicle.