MG Motor India is starting with the production of their 3-row SUV, Hector Plus. The carmaker announced that the Hector Plus is launching in July 2020. Let’s round up all that we know about this D-segment SUV from MG.
What Will MG Hector Plus Cost?
Variant-to-variant, the MG Hector Plus is rumoured to cost about Rs. 1.0 lakh more than the 5-seat version of the SUV. The Hector currently costs between Rs. 12.74 to 17.73 lakh (ex-Delhi). However, the Hector Plus may not come in the base Style variant, which is available in the Hector.
Who Are MG Hector Plus’ Rivals?
The Hector already rivals the Tata Harrier and Mahindra XUV500. However, Mahindra XUV500 is a more suitable rival for the Hector Plus, as they’re both 3-row SUV. Similarly, it is more appropriate to compare the Hector Plus against the Tata Gravitas, which will launch later this year.
Rumours suggest that the MG Hector Plus, instead, is going after the Toyota Innova Crysta. The Toyota MPV is a default choice for most buyers who want a large and comfortable people mover. MG could pitch the Hector Plus as a feature-loaded 3-row SUV as an alternative to the Innova, which has the reputation of being a taxi because of its popularity among commercial and fleet buyers. Personal car buyers tend to dislike a car, which is popular in the commercial segment as it comes across as a taxi even if it has white number plates.
One of the reasons the Innova is so popular for commercial use is its reliability. To combat that, MG may offer 5-year unlimited km warranty with the Hector Plus, which could put off some of the reliability concerns.
What Are The Engine Options of MG Hector Plus?
Lately, bigger car and SUV buyers are also starting to consider a petrol engine for their vehicle as the price gap between the two fuels has gotten closer in some states. So, expect the Hector Plus to borrow the petrol engines from the Hector. The 2.0-litre diesel engine will also continue with the Hector Plus as most buyers just prefer a torquey and fuel-efficient diesel engine with larger SUVs.
The Hector is currently available with a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with manual and DCT automatic transmission and hybrid 1.5-litre turbo petrol, which only gets a manual transmission. There’s also a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine, which is only available with a manual transmission.
What Are The Features of 2020 MG Hector Plus?
The Hector Plus will certainly carry over the existing features of the Hector. Some of these notable features are:
Powered front seats
Colour ambient lighting
Smart assistant with chit-chat function
Over the air software updates
Tyre pressure monitoring system
LED projector headlamps
The biggest upgrade for the Hector Plus over the Hector will be a pair of captain seats in the second row with a bench for third-row passengers. MG says that the third row should be suitable for teenagers, which means it may not be spacious enough to accommodate grownups. The Hector Plus may also come in a 7-seat variant with an optional bench seat in the middle row. So far, there’s no official or unofficial confirmation about this 7-seat option.
In terms of style, the Hector Plus will get less chrome, redesigned front bumpers and headlamps.
Take a closer look at the Hector Plus, which was present at the Auto Expo 2020: