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MG Motor unveils first SUV Hector, to expand portfolio to 4 by 2020-end

The 48V hybrid SUV comes with 19 'exclusive features' that make it the new benchmark in its segment

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British automaker MG Motor unveiled its first internet car Hector in the country, slated for the launch next month.

The MG Motor India, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China's SAIC Motor Corp, plans to expand its portfolio in India to four products, including an electric SUV by next year-end, company's president and MD Rajeev Chab said.

"We have got approval for four product launches in the next 18 months. We have already announced our second product, which will be an electric SUV and which we plan to launch by this year. Also, we are firming up our third and fourth product launch. We would have four distinct brands of MG on the road by December 2020," Chaba said.

With extensive localisation, more than 300 India- specific changes have been carried out in the SUV MG Hector to suit the customer preferences and road conditions, according to the company.

Besides, with over 50 connected features it will also be the first 48V hybrid SUV with 19 exclusive features.

The mid-size Hector would stir up the competition in the Rs 12-25 lakh vehicle segment, which already has the presence of Mahindra's XUV 500, Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, Hyundai's Creta, among others.

According to Chaba, the Rs 10-25 lakh segment is not a volume segment, adding that the company aims to establish the brand and service network first before entering the volume segment.

Sounding optimistic about the long-term growth potential of the domestic automobile industry, Chaba said, "We are not here to look at short-term growth but it is about the long-term potential of the market. India will be a very attractive market in the long-term."

He said the company has already invested Rs 2,200 crore in setting up its business in India, including the manufacturing plant at Halol in Gujarat and dealerships, among others, adding, "overall, we are looking at Rs 5,000 crore investment in four years period."

The company has a production capacity of 80,000 units per annum and has the provision to increase the capacity going forward depending upon the requirement. "I would like to believe before the end of this year we need to finalise our capacity expansion plans," he said.

As part of the network expansion, the company plans to have 250 touch points, which include both dealerships as well as workshops by September from 120 across 50 cities at present. The Hector will be available in both petrol and diesel engines. The bookings will commence from early June and the deliveries will start from June end.

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