MG is all set to launch the second facelift of its popular SUV range, the Hector. While a few camouflaged units of the facelifted Hector have been spotted in the recent past, MG has finally confirmed its arrival by releasing a teaser image on its social media handles. The teaser image shows the new portrait-style 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system in what appears to be a revised center console. MG has subtitled it as the Hector 2022’s new infotainment system.
The new 14-inch touchscreen unit looks sharper than the current version’s 10.4-inch unit and happens to be the largest measuring touchscreen unit of all the cars sold in India. Compared to the current version’s unit integrated into the dashboard, this new 14-inch screen has a floating design, like the Astor’s infotainment system. The new screen also lacks physical buttons as seen in the current unit, and gains touch-sensitive controls for various functions.
As before, the display will continue to include many different functions and connectivity features in the car, including air conditioning controls. It also seems to work on the latest generation of software and is compatible with new features. We hope that with this new screen MG removes the small glitches regarding the intuitiveness of the current version.
Although not clearly visible, the new touchscreen unit is placed on a revised center console, indicating that the facelifted MG Hector is expected to receive a revised dashboard design. Even the transmission lever placed in front of the screen looks like new. There is also a glimpse of a revised all-digital instrument console, with fonts and graphics resembling those of the Astor console.
MG Hector gets a new look
In addition to these new features and changes, the facelifted MG Hector receives subtle exterior tweaks, including revised headlamp, taillight and bumper designs. However, the side profile is expected to look the same, with minor tweaks to the alloy wheel design. Other features expected to be added in the new Hector include AI-assisted talking robots and Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) from the Astor. The ADAS package brings features such as Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection and Collision Alert.
While the MG Hector in this new facelifted form will receive visual changes to the exterior and interior, the engine options under the hood are expected to be carried over from the current version. These powertrain options include a 1.5-liter 143 hp turbocharged petrol engine with a 6-speed manual and CVT transmission and a 2.0-liter 170 hp diesel engine with a standard six-speed manual transmission.