The MG Hector takes on the lower-end trims of other mid-size SUVs such as the Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500 and the Jeep Compass
After launching a new seven-seater variant of the top-spec Savvy trim of the Gloster, MG Motor has introduced a new mid-spec trim of the Hector called the Shine. Introduced at a starting price of Rs. 14.52 lakh (ex-showroom), the new Shine trim is slotted between the Smart and Style trims. Recently, the prices of all variants of Hector were increased.
Overall, MG now offers the mid-size SUV in five trims with styling as the base trim and sharp top-spec trim. It should be noted that the company recently updated the Hector lineup with a mild facelift earlier this year. The Hector Shine CVT is priced at Rs 15.72 Lakh, while the Hector Diesel Shine is priced at Rs 16.5 Lakh.
In recent months manufacturers have been coming out with new and more affordable trims of their models to counter the ongoing semiconductor chip shortages around the world. This enables them to continue with production and sales of their models and gives consumers an affordable option to choose from rather than waiting too long for a fully loaded trim.
Gaurav Gupta, Chief Commercial Officer, MG Motor India said, “Hector’s 2nd anniversary in India is an ideal opportunity to further strengthen its portfolio. The Shine variant braces the Hector family range which now includes five variants and offers the power of choice to the customers. It is an opportunity to welcome new members to the MG family.” Below is the first look video of the new variant of the MG Hector Shine.
Removed and retained features
The Hector Shine gets a single-pane electric sunroof instead of the panoramic sunroof offered in the higher trim. It also misses out on the embedded SIM technology called i-Smart which includes connected car features like geo fencing, real-time vehicle tracking, find my car location, smart access card entry, voice activated commands and much more.
Other niceties like WiFi connectivity, tire pressure monitoring system and wireless phone charging have also been left out of this variant. However, the Hector Shine gets other features like engine start/stop button, fabric seat with headrest, instrument console with analog display for speed and engine RPM with MID in the middle – as seen in the Smart trim.
More importantly, it will also offer a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The safety kit on offer includes features like multiple airbags, rear parking camera, etc.
Engine, Transmission Options
Powertrain options remain the same on the newly added trim. It is powered by a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine or a 2.0-litre Multijet diesel unit. The former churns out 141 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque while the latter makes 168 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque. Both the units are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The option of CVT automatic gearbox is available with the petrol variant. Interestingly, the addition of the Hector Shine trim brings down the entry price of the Hector automatic range by around Rs 1.3 lakh, ex-sh.