Less than two years after kick starting its India journey with the mid-size SUV, MG has a facelift in the works for the Hector. The spy shots reveal that, along with other subtle improvements, the front end of the Hector has been subtly modified to keep the SUV looking new in its competition.
The grille, previously finished in glossy black with a honeycomb pattern, has been given a matte black form of finish with square elements that make up the grille. Like the new Hector, the rest of the front-end looks identical. For motivation, we wanted MG to turn to Hector Plus, which is not the case here.
It is easy to see from the side that the test mule seems to be running on wider 18-inch wheels that fill out the wheel arches well. On the SUV, the latest five-spoke alloy wheel concept looks good, doing justice to its scale. The rear end of the test mule is fully camouflaged, so there are currently no improvements that can be made.
There are no photographs yet, as far as the interior is concerned. However, we expect MG to provide new fabrics for the upholstery and likely on the dashboard to provide a spruced up cabin. We don’t expect anything to improve as far as the architecture is concerned, as this is just a slight facelift. In the features list, we don’t expect any big changes as the Hector is already filled with all the new software to the gills. But it doesn’t have ventilated benches, which you have in the Sonet, which is operating in a lower category. As it is very useful in the Indian environment, MG may be tempted to give this function.
Things are predicted to stay pretty much the same on the powertrain front. Fiat’s 2.0 litre diesel engine can continue to produce the same 170PS and 350Nm. The 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine, along with the option to spec it with a mild-hybrid configuration, can also continue to produce 143PS and 250Nm. For both engines, a 6-speed manual transmission is standard, but the alternative of an automatic transmission in the form of a 6-speed dual clutch transmission can only be accomplished with a turbo-petrol motor.