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Old 12th March 2023, 22:39   #391
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MG Hector - Booking & Dealership Experience.



After a long wait of nearly 12 years, we finally pick up our second car, MG Hector Savvy Pro.

Made the booking in late January, and got the allocation last day of February, however with further delay for registration, finally received it on 12th of March. Last few days felt akin to a ping pong match with the dealership.

To preface,
A lot seems to have changed over the years when you buy a car - customer is no longer the King, forget about discounts or freebies, with the advance bookings, youíre effectively paying to be in line with the others as you wait without so much as a protection from future price increments. That is, whatever youíve budgeted towards your vehicle, best keep 1.5% +/- at the ready depending on your wait time. Now, I digress itís not all bad. The vehicles have improved upon by a large factor, Iím still awed over the numerous tech thatís bundled in from much higher end vehicle as itís trickled down into more affordable choices. Albeit some might still prefer buttons over ever increasing screens and their sizes. Coming from a humble Verna, the upgrades are bountiful.

Paid approximately 25.80L OTR Mumbai with Acko Insurance & Classic 3yr MG Maintenance. And, about 40k in add ons and accessories which include -

Hood Branding
Door Chrome Handle
Designer Cabin & Boot Mats
Mud Flaps
Screen Guard
Air Valve Caps
Rescue Me Tool

Teflon Coating
Antirust Coating
Silencer Coating

And the ones that added to the bill, as a rather impulsive buy after visiting the showroom and checking out on another display car.

Black Rims Paint
Red Callipers Paint

While MG Hector is by no means ďsportyĒ and is always going to be a more luxury family cruiser for me.
It adds great looks to the mundane side profile of the Hector to something very pleasing to the eye, and satisfies a long held craving of my younger days yearning of such mods.

Overall my purchase from Krishiv Motors, MG Worli.
Iíd say it was 4 out of 5 stars. As I rate about the 3 stages of dealership response.

1. GREAT while booking, with immediate WhatsApp Group made for future contacts & updates, overall tone is very rewarding.

2. GOOD while being in the waitlist up until allocations, this is where the promises kept start to dwindle and itís your job to keep up on requesting for any updates whatsoever. Still fairly prompt, however I had to visit the showroom to get better clarity of updates in person.

3. OK once youíve been allocated the vehicle, the first response is to lock in the payment at the earliest, I did that with the condition that vehicle be brought for PDI from Bhiwandi to Suburban Malad stockyard, however PDI did take another few days as communication kept dying in between. PDI done, and all perfectly set? Sorry. Registration arenít happening, and expect delay with blame put on RTO for RDE vehicles, however this wait in between the communication is almost lacklustre - specially if youíre buying your own insurance and not from the dealers near price match insurer. (With Acko I was able to keep a high IDV, Dealers Kotak didnít mention anything on IDV hence my hesitance)

That said, at the time of delivery the dealership response was quite nice with a small celebration & pooja at the dealership, and with SA explaining in details on all the features and technicalities of the car before we headed out.

Last Note - The rims seem to be the newer design.

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Old 13th March 2023, 00:52   #392
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Last Note - The rims seem to be the newer design.

Hector Side Profile Video
Congratulations!!!
The new rim design looks sic with black painted and red calipers. Did you find any other change to the Hector other than the rims, when compared to the earlier version that got launched earlier this year? Also, any idea if these new rims are exclusively for Savvy Pro variant or for the rest of the range as well?

It seems MG have listened to the feedback of 'no difference in side-on look when compared to 2022 Hector'. With the new rims, the 2023 Hector can be clearly differentiated from its previous avatar sold until 2022.

Not sure if I like them better. Will make up my mind when I see them in person.

I made my booking in Feb mid. Eagerly awaiting the allotment of the car.
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Congratulations, the black painted alloys and red callipers do add character, I will probably get the same done on my car, with the black Color it should look nice and get my journey of dechroming the car started.

If you don’t mind can you share the price they charged for painting the rims and callipers?

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Congratulations!!!
The new rim design looks sic with black painted and red calipers. Also, any idea if these new rims are exclusively for Savvy Pro variant or for the rest of the range as well?

I made my booking in Feb mid. Eagerly awaiting the allotment of the car.
I haven't noticed any different changes besides the rim design and RDE compliance, even the SA realised the updated design only as the car arrived at the dealers. From the previous posts, I believe all of the Pro models seem to be getting the newer set of rims over the base line models. Do visit the stockyard in person, you might end up liking the newer set of rims. Hope you get the allotments soon.

We have another white MG Hector on the parking floor, and the difference is night and day. The latest gen is quite the looker if I say so myself, however I still like the previous gen Hector Plus front facia and it still holds up very well.

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Congratulations, the black painted alloys and red callipers do add character, I will probably get the same done on my car, with the black Color it should look nice and get my journey of dechroming the car started.

If you donít mind can you share the price they charged for painting the rims and callipers?
I actually have a photo of the dechromed version of the Hector, wait let me share it. With black paint, it would look like a midnight edition!

Black Rims Paint - 14,000
Red Callipers Paint - 4,800
Total cost = 18,800 including taxes

It was done by the dealership at their stockyard, along with the teflon and anti rust coating etc. I must say that the prices seem fair, and the finish is great!

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New Rims - Havana Grey
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Old Rims - Silver
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Front Dechromed
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Looks great dechromed, I am already thinking of painting the entire rim black and similarly the grill, chrome is something I can’t stand. I need to do something about that logo also.

Your car looks great and rates seems to be decent as well.

The owner of silver hector and me will become great friends if we meet. Thanks for sharing.

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Has anyone heard about or taken the deliveries for Hector 7 seater (BS6 phase-2 compliant)? My SA called and said that they are expecting the update from the company on 10th March. So far, they have not received any 6/7 seater with BS6 phase-2.
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Initially my SA said he may get more info March 9th but most likely they'll not get any vehicles this month and today he said no update and he doesn't expect any vehicle availability till May.
He said no 7 seaters are being manufactured at the moment, but he didn't have a reason why they have stopped manufacturing.
I finally got the RDE 6S Savvy Pro in white color on 9th of March(did the PDI few days before), thanks to my SA.

My family is really loving the comfort and space on offer, and the nerd in me all the tech

Here are some pics(I didn't notice the new rims/alloys till someone mentioned on this thread):
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Just got a message that I am eligible for free 1 year subscription of i-Smart and any amount already paid via My MG App will be refunded to original source.
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Designer Cabin & Boot Mats
Car looks stunning with black wheel, congrats!

Can you share pics of these designer mats? Dealer in my area have only 3D mats available, and none of the others.
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I actually have a photo of the dechromed version of the Hector, wait let me share it. With black paint, it would look like a midnight edition!
Congratulations! Hope you have a wonderful ownership experience!! For sure these blacked out alloys are looking great. Maybe down the line, I will get it done on my Black Hector.

The facelift is for sure a looker. Today while leaving for office, a person who drives Corolla and has a parking slot near to mine, came to me and appreciated how much imposing this new look is!

I went on a trip to Jim Corbett over weekend and drove close to 650kms. Will try to share my trip experience soon. Sharing a picture clicked during trip of my Black Beast:
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Car looks stunning with black wheel, congrats!

Can you share pics of these designer mats? Dealer in my area have only 3D mats available, and none of the others.
Thank you. I got these pvc designer floor mat in grey for the cabin and boot mat is in black and red stitching instead of grey, as dealer couldn't source it in time. While they do look good, I'd say that they get dirty quite quickly and would actually recommend checking out the 3D rubber mats in person too.

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Congratulations! Hope you have a wonderful ownership experience!! For sure these blacked out alloys are looking great. Maybe down the line, I will get it done on my Black Hector.

The facelift is for sure a looker. Today while leaving for office, a person who drives Corolla and has a parking slot near to mine, came to me and appreciated how much imposing this new look is!

I went on a trip to Jim Corbett over weekend and drove close to 650kms. Will try to share my trip experience soon. Sharing a picture clicked during trip of my Black Beast:
Thanks man! I definitely recommend turning the rims to black and callipers red, it just enhances the overall look. With that black beast, it would be killer!

You know, I'm actually glad that we didn't jump the gun with the previous gen and waited for this one, as it sure was worth it. I'm honestly feeling like a kid again, just giddy to take the car out for the smallest of reasons lol.

Definitely awaiting for your trip experience review, would love an honest take; some of the previous reviews by others I feel were overly critical. Almost had me wondering as I waited my allocation, thankfully the car is butter smooth and aside from small hiccups and niggles, it's honest to God a wonderful experience.

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Even at 18" the tires look a tad smaller for the car, 19" would have added to a much more butch side profile look, though the handling and comfort would have taken a bit of hit.
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A new OTA update has come!

Has anyone installed and tried it yet? I have downloaded but didn't have time to install, as it says you need 16 minutes to install with P applied and engine left on.

Also, earlier I was facing issues with JioSaavn. But after 1st service it is working fine. Workshop person said they have updated App.
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The latest news which I got from my local dealership was that the prices of MG range of cars are again being revised beginning 1st of April

I seriously wish this was a wrong news but looks like MG is going to make an 'April's Fool' out of us customers once again.
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A new OTA update has come!

Has anyone installed and tried it yet? I have downloaded but didn't have time to install, as it says you need 16 minutes to install with P applied and engine left on.

Also, earlier I was facing issues with JioSaavn. But after 1st service it is working fine. Workshop person said they have updated App.
I updated the Software. Took around 20 mins like they have mentioned. Two packages were installed with restart of the system after each install. Not sure what changes were pushed but the screen transitions seem a bit faster. Will have to explore more when I have time.

PS: There seems to be two bugs in the "mg ismart app" on android phones(works on iphone). a) The alarm setting option under "my profile" doesnt open. It just goes back to the main screen after a few seconds. b) The geo fencing option when clicked doesnt allow us to modify the range. It just goes back to main screen after a few seconds. Have reached out to MG service and they are looking into it. This issue was there even before the software update. So not related to the update. Is anyone else seeing this issue?
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I updated the Software. Took around 20 mins like they have mentioned. Two packages were installed with restart of the system after each install. Not sure what changes were pushed but the screen transitions seem a bit faster. Will have to explore more when I have time.
Would be interesting to know if there are any changes/additions post the update. Would appreciate if you could check and help answer the following:
1. Any difference in usability (response/speed after input)?
2. Have they given an option to turn off auto-indicator?
3. Any other changes

Thanks and enjoy your ride
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