Who's Morris ?
Remember the Morris Garages. Well, I remember a few of its cars in vintage car museums. A brand from the classic british era, which was known for its cars like Morris Minor (1924-1936). It became defunct in the 80s after a lot of change in ownerships. It is currently owned by china-based SAIC motors.
That is how old this company is, which is now all set to play in the indian market yet again. Times have changed and so is this classic automaker and is ready with its urban SUV, the Hector.
Starting from the basics, it is powered by a 2.0 Litre turbocharged Diesel engine delivering 170 ps @ 3750rpm and 350 nm torque. There is an option of 1.5 Litre turbocharged Petrol Engine with mild Hybrid system of 48V generating 143 ps @ 5000 rpm and 250 nm torque.
The Ride quality is ensured to be smooth and safe by features like ABS(Anti-Lock Braking system)+EBD (Electronic Braking Disk)+brake Assist, Electronic parking Brakes, Hill Hold Control, Traction Control system, 6 Airbags Tire Monitoring system, and a 360 degree camera view.
The Smart SUV
With the i-SMART Technology and 5-G Machine-to-Machine capable SIM, the Hector is a smart SUV, as marketed by the company. At the Head of the i-SMART system is the 10.4” touchscreen display which allows the user to control the entire car. The car also responds to voice commands, with an A.I. trained to recognize Indian accents, via the command “Ok, Hector”.
There are a few embedded apps like TomTom navigation, Gaana Premium, and Accu-Weather to improve the user experience.
MG car owners can locate their cars remotely and geo-fence it, so the car cannot be taken out of a predefined zone, thus enhancing the safety of the passengers. The app uses driver analytics data to help people drive smarter.
An automatic “E-Call” feature sends an SMS with location data to MG’s “pulse hub” in the event of an accident.
With all these features, it is clear that the Hector truly stands as one of the best urban SUVs.
Competing with the predominant in the segment( Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass) Hector is expected to be priced at 15-20 lakh (INR), while there has been no official updates about the same.
Hence, the Hector gives a tough competition with loads of features but at the same time, does manage to keep up the SUV DNA. The technology with which this car was made will push it on the road, attracting more people to buy it.