Where the Seltos will rival the likes of Creta and Kicks, Hector will take on the Harrier and the Compass
The Indian automobile market is one of the fastest growing in the world. And every carmaker wants to have a piece of the pie. Two new manufacturers, Kia and MG, are all set to enter the Indian automotive space with their respective SUVs, the Seltos and Hector. And while the Kia is a compact SUV that will rival the Creta, Kicks and the S-Cross, the Hector will take on midsize SUVs like the Harrier and Compass.
Although these SUVs are not natural rivals, some of their variants are expected to be similarly priced. So while we wait for the prices of the two, let’s take a look at how these two fare against each other in pictures.
The Hector features an unconventional front fascia with bumper-mounted headlamps and turn indicators placed at the top, whereas the Kia follows a rather conventional approach. The headlamps are placed right next to the grille, while the fog lamps are positioned lower down in the bumper. Both the SUVs here feature all-LED lighting including LED headlamps, DRLs and fog lamps.
The Hector comes with a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Seltos, on the other hand, gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen unit. Both systems offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with other connected services courtesy of an eSIM. The Hector will offer some additional connected features over the Seltos like voice control for AC, sunroof and others.
Both SUVs will be available with petrol as well as diesel engine options. While MG has revealed the details of the Hector’s powertrains, Kia has just given us hints of what the Seltos will offer. Here is a comparison:
|Kia Seltos||MG Hector|
|Torque||More than 260Nm||350Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed MT/ 6-speed AT||6-speed MT|
|Kia Seltos||MG Hector|
|Engine||1.5-litre/1.4-litre turbocharged||1.5-litre turbocharged/ 1.5-litre turbocharged with hybrid|
|Power||Around 115PS/ 140PS||143PS/143PS|
|Transmission||6-speed MT,CVT/ 7-speed DCT||6-speed MT,6-speed DCT/6-speed MT|
The Hector will get dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, hill hold control, traction control, rear parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat anchors as standard. It will also offer side and curtain airbags, front parking sensors, 360-degree camera and tyre pressure monitoring system, but they will be limited to higher variants only.
Kia has not revealed the entire list of features of the Seltos yet, but from what we know it will get multiple airbags (up to six), ABS with EBD, electronic stability program, rear parking sensors and a 360-degree camera.