The 2021 MG Hector now gets a new variant, which has been strategically positioned between the existing four variants. Called the Shine, it packs a few features from the higher variants at an affordable cost.
MG Motors has introduced a mid-spec variant of the Hector SUV. The new variant has been dubbed the Shine, and the manufacturer has strategically positioned it between the Super and the Smart variant of the Hector.
The prices of the MG Hector Shine start at Rs 14.51 lakh (ex-showroom) for the petrol variant. The MG Hector Shine, with a petrol-CVT, is priced at Rs 15.71 lakh (ex-showroom). MG Motors has also launched the Shine variant with a diesel unit, which costs Rs 16.49 lakh (ex-showroom).
Ex-showroom prices of all the 2021 MG Hector variants that are on sale currently.
The Shine is the only variant that comes equipped with a single-pane sunroof. The Sharp, which is positioned two variants above the Shine, gets a panoramic sunroof. Another feature included in the Shine variant is a 10.3-inch infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The CVT-equipped Hector Shine gets an electric parking brake, push-button start/stop, smart entry, chrome door handles, and telescopic steering adjust.
The higher variants of the Hector sport the 18-inch alloy wheels, whereas the Shine gets 17-inch five-spoke alloys. Other features include a traction system, hill-hold assist, all-LED headlamps, and height-adjustable driver seat, to name a few. The Shine is the only Hector variant to be offered with the Havana Grey colour option.
Customers opting for the petrol variant will get a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, which is good for 141bhp and 250Nm of torque. The transmission on offer here is a six-speed unit and an optional CVT.
The diesel variant of the Shine, on the other hand, gets an FCA-sourced 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine. The power figures are marked at 167bhp and 350Nm of torque. The diesel engine comes mated to a six-speed gearbox. MG Motors, so far, hasn't offered any indications with regard to offering an automatic gearbox with the diesel variant of the Hector.
Buyers looking for a seven-seat diesel SUV also have the option to consider the Tata Safari and the newly launched Hyundai Alcazar. And then there is the Toyota Innova Crysta, which offers the option of seven- and eight-seat configurations. Also, Toyota has been offering both diesel and petrol variants of the Innova Crysta with an optional automatic transmission.