Recently, some car makers have launched new variants of different models with fewer features – this may be due to the global shortage of semiconductor chips.
MG Motor will soon add new variants to the Hector and Gloster lineup. This will be done to give more choices to the consumers. The deliveries of the new variants of both these models have started and the official launch is expected in the coming few days. Hat tip to automotive enthusiasts Ram and Tejas for sharing the update.
Hector New Variant
The Chinese-owned British carmaker recently completed two years since launching the Hector in the Indian automotive market. The 5-seater version of the SUV is currently sold in four trims- Style, Super, Smart and Sharp. MG Motor is now gearing up to launch a new mid-spec ‘Shine’ variant in its lineup.
The new Shine trim will be positioned between the Super and Smart trims. While the exact feature configuration of this trim is yet to be revealed, it is expected that this new variant will be offered with almost all the features of the Smart trim, except a few premium creature comforts. Since both the Super and Smart feature features like touchscreen infotainment systems, it is almost certain that the new Shine trim will also come equipped with this feature.
Features- On offer and not on offer
However, the company may not offer its 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 more. . . This variant may also lack features like wireless phone charging, WiFi connectivity and tire pressure monitor.
However, MG may offer features like engine start/stop button, tilt and telescopic steering adjustment, leather upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel and anti-pinch power windows in this new variant. The Shine trim is also likely to get the complete safety kit of the Smart trim, which includes features like four airbags, auto day/night IRVM, etc.
This is probably done to combat the global shortage of semiconductor chips. Expect features that require more chips in the new Shine trim. MG offers the Hector two engine options – a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol mill and a 2.0-litre diesel engine. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard on both the engines with the option of CVT and DCT automatic gearboxes in the petrol unit.
Gloster New Variant
MG will offer an additional 7-seater variant of the top-spec Savvy trim of the Gloster. As of now, the top-spec trim of MG’s flagship SUV has been offered only in a six-seat layout. This will make the range-topping trim a bit more accessible as the seven-seater models are more affordable than their respective six-seater counterparts.
The Gloster is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that runs on two tunes. The single turbocharged version makes 161 bhp and 375 Nm of peak torque while the twin-turbocharged form churns out 215 bhp and 480 Nm of peak torque. Both the units are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard. A 4×4 drivetrain is on offer only in the twin-turbo variant.