The 3-row MG Hector Plus has just been launched in the Indian market, with introductory ex-showroom prices starting from Rs 13.49 lakh for the base petrol Super trim and going up to Rs 18.54 lakh for the top-spec Sharp diesel trim. MG already officially began accepting orders for the new model last week, with the booking amount set at Rs 50,000. MG is positioning the new Hector as an option for chauffeur-driven SUV buyers with captain’s chairs for the middle row being the talking point. The third row, as MG puts it, is intended ‘for teenagers’.
You can book your the new Hector Plus here
|1.5 Petrol||1.5 Petrol Hybrid||2.0 Diesel|
|Style||Rs. 13.49 Lakh||–||Rs. 14.44 Lakh|
|Super||–||–||Rs. 15.65 Lakh|
|Smart||Rs. 16.65 Lakh (DCT)||–||Rs. 17.15 Lakh|
|Sharp||Rs. 18.21 Lakh (DCT)||Rs. 17.29 Lakh||Rs. 18.54 Lakh|
6 Seater from the Outside
There are a few differences outside including the re-profiled front and rear bumpers (which add 65 mm to the Hector Plus’ length), redone headlight clusters and a new mesh design for the grille.
MG Motor India offers the new car in six exterior color options – Starry Sky Blue, Glaze Red, Burgundy Red, Starry Black, Candy White and Aurora Silver.
MG Hector Plus from the Inside
The most obvious difference is the extra row of seating with individual captain seats in the middle row. For now, the new model is only available in a 6-seat configuration. A 7-seat version, with bench-style seats in the middle row, is expected to be added to the line-up later.
MG’s also provided other changes on the inside to help tell the two SUVs apart such as the tan brown leatherette upholstery, compared to the Hector’s all-black colour scheme.
MG Hector Plus Features
Like the 5-seat model, this car also gets a multi-function steering wheel, analog instrument cluster with a 7.0-inch MID, 10.4-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and connected vehicle tech, an Infinity audio system and ambient lighting and a panoramic sunroof. The range-topping Hector Plus variant packs in LED headlamps and DRLs, heated wing mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, and powered front seats. Safety features include six airbags, ABS, ESC, traction control, hill-hold assist, a tire pressure monitor, and a 360-degree camera.
The only difference in terms of kit is that the Plus model gets a hands-free opening function for the tailgate. The connected car tech has been given upgrades too such as the cheeky ‘chitchat’ feature.
MG Hector Plus Engine Specification
The Hector Plus has all four engine-gearbox options that are available on the existing car. A 170hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox; a 143hp, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol mill is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DCT automatic; and the same petrol unit paired to a 48V mild-hybrid system and a 6-speed manual gearbox are on offer.
MG Hector Plus against competitors
Considering the Hector Plus is a 3-row midsize SUV, its closest competitor is the Mahindra XUV500, though the upcoming Tata Gravitas will also be a rival when it is launched. MG also hopes to peg the Hector Plus as an alternative to the popular Toyota Innova Crysta, enticing buyers by being more affordable and coming with a longer standard warranty, under its MG Shield programme. Another rival to the 6-seat MG SUV will be the 7-seat version of the new Hyundai Creta, which is set to arrive in the second-half of 2021.