MG Hector, an Internet-connected SUV, to launch in June
British automaker MG Motor is set to launch MG Hector in India around June this year. And in the run-up to the launch, the company has unveiled its iSMART connectivity platform that will debut with the upcoming SUV. Touted as India's first Internet-enabled car, the Hector will come with features like eSIM support, smartphone integration, voice assistant, and over-the-air updates. Here's our roundup.
MG Hector: At a glance
As per the first images shared by MG Motors, the Hector sports a bulky, muscular stance with a large grille, sleek headlights and a tapering roof that culminates into a curved tailgate. On the inside, a 10.4-inch vertically-mounted touchscreen infotainment panel takes center-stage. There's also an India-centric voice assistant that can open/close windows and control air conditioning, alongside several other things it can do.
The iSmart platform brings smartphone like experience to the car
Alongside the infotainment panel and an AI-powered voice assistant, the Hector also gets eSIM support as part of the iSmart platform. Hence, with an Internet-enabled SIM, it will receive over-the-air software updates - just like your smartphone. Moreover, there's a TomTom-powered built-in navigation system which will get updated using the car's internet connectivity while an eCall response system that can alert contacts in emergency.
You can also control key functions using your smartphone
MG Motor has also offered a companion iSMART mobile app that will provide information like the location of the car, tire pressure, and service history. The app will also let you remotely switch on the air conditioner and close the doors if left open. Moreover, you can also use the app to geo-fence your MG Hector, restricting its movement to a pre-defined zone.
Meanwhile, here's a look at Hector's engine power and performance
The India-bound Hector will be offered in three engine options including a Fiat-sourced 2.0-liter Multijet diesel engine that'll offer 173PS of and 350Nm of torque. Further, out of the two petrol motors, one will be a 1.5-liter turbocharged unit that'll churn out 143PS of and 250Nm of torque. The third will be a hybrid setup with a 48V system added to the petrol model.
MG Hector prices expected to start at Rs. 15 lakh
MG Motors has officially confirmed that the Hector will launch in India by June 2019. The "connected" SUV is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 15-20 lakh and will take on the likes of Tata Harrier, Hyundai Tuscon, and Jeep Compass.