2021 MG Hector climate control now accessible via Apple Watch

The scope of the i-Smart app, that lets owners take charge of their MG Hector via their smartphones, has been expanded to include climate control functionality via Apple Watch.

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MG Hector climate control via Apple Watch
Owners can now activate/deactivate their MG Hector's climate control via their Apple Watch.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • MG Hector climate control system can be turned on or off via Apple Watch.
  • Owners can set the desired temperature remotely via the smart watch to pre-heat or pre-cool their MG Hector.
  • MG Hector remote AC on/off function is restricted to petrol automatic variants only.

The MG Hector was one of the first few mainstream cars to offer comprehensive connectivity options controllable via owners’ smart phones. MG has been regularly updating features and options available via the i-Smart app.

The latest introduction to the list of connectivity and convenience features on offer includes climate control system activation/deactivation via Apple Watch. Until now, only the iOS or Android smart phone app allowed owners to access to the car’s climate control function. Now, owners can do the same using Apple’s smart watch. Users can basically activate the climate control system and set the desired temperature to per-cool or pre-heat their MG Hector.

The smart phone/smart watch app lets owners set the desired temperature enabling them to pre-cool/pre-heat their MG Hector.

As is the case with the rest of the connected car features available under the i-Smart umbrella, smart watch app compatibility is available only in Smart and Sharp trims. Also, the remote AC on/off feature is restricted to the Smart and Sharp trims of the petrol DCT and CVT variants. According to the brochure available on MG’s official website, smart watch compatibility is restricted to the Hector currently. The MG Hector Plus does not get this feature.

Earlier this year, MG introduced the updated Hector with minor but some noteworthy changes including a new grille, bigger rims, beige upholstery, wireless charging and ventilated seats. The 2021 MG Hector also came with updates to the i-Smart suite with support for Hinglish voice commands. Recently, the company added a new variant to the lineup in the form of the MG Hector petrol CVT.

MG Hector Smart petrol CVT/DCT and MG Hector Sharp petrol CVT/DCT are the only variants offering climate control access via Apple Watch. The former is priced at Rs 16.80 lakh (ex-showroom) while the latter retails for Rs 18.38 lakh (ex-showroom).