MUMBAI: British auto maker MG Motor, Monday rolled out the first production version of its to-be- launched connected SUV, Hector from its Rs 2,200-crore manufacturing facility at Halol in Gujarat.

The MG Motor India, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China’s SAIC Motor Corp, is set to kick off its journey in the country with the launch of Hector in June.

The Hector SUV will make its global debut on May 15 and pre-orders will begin in June, the company said in a release.

“We are rolling out the first made in India, feature- rich internet car, the MG Hector from our all-new assembly line in Gujarat. Adopting the highest quality global manufacturing standards, the Hector has been specially customised to suit Indian customer preferences and road conditions. The company is poised to become a new benchmark in SUVs,” said Rajeev Chaba, president and managing director, MG Motor India.

The company will begin shipments of the the SUV within the next few weeks to its network of 65 showrooms across 50 cities, it added.

The Hector SUV will make its global debut on May 15 and pre-orders will begin in the month of June.

The vehicle has gone into commercial production after one million kilometers of testing in diverse road and climatic conditions across India, the release said.

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

The company has set up new assembly line, press shop, body shop, parts distribution centre, testing track and a state-of-the-art training facility in the plant, which has a production capacity of 80,000 units per annum and has the provision to increase the capacity going forward depending upon the requirement.

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