Final series production India-spec MG Hector to be unveiled on 15 May; launch in June 2019.

Grey MG Hector seen is likely to be the top-spec petrol-manual variant.

Gets a panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch digital MID, 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and more.

Will be offered with both petrol and diesel engine options.

A segment-first 48V mild-hybrid coupled with a petrol engine will also be part of the package.

Prices expect to begin from Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom).

Will rival Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500, and others.

The MG Hector has been spied yet again ahead of its official unveil on May 15. The grey coloured Hector that was spotted features an all-black interior and appears to be a top-spec variant with a manual transmission.

Based on previous sightings, teaser trailers as well as official information, we know that the Hector will get features like a panoramic sunroof, a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 7-inch digital MID (multi-info display) in the instrument cluster. The central unit will also feature MG’s on-board internet technology to support the iSMART app for controlling certain vehicle functions via a smartphone, the details of which can be read here.

The image of the steering wheel confirms that the Hector will get cruise control, at least in higher variants. The controls for the ORVMs are on the lower dash, to the right side of the steering wheel, and sit alongside the headlight controls. Since the rev counter goes up to 8000rpm, we think this particular unit gets a petrol-manual combo. So apart from a dual-clutch automatic, its 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine will also be available with a manual transmission in higher variants, unlike Jeep Compass. The MG SUV will also feature a segment-first 48V mild hybrid tech coupled with the petrol motor.

Besides the petrol engine, the Hector will also be available with the Compass’ 2.0-litre diesel engine. It remains to be seen whether the diesel version will get an automatic option. The Jeep Compass and the Harrier, both of which are powered by the same diesel engine, will get an automatic option around mid-2019.

The MG Hector is slated for launch in June 2019, which is when the pre-lunch bookings will open as well. It is expected to be priced from Rs 15 lakh onwards and will take on the likes of the Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass.

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