Indian Cricket player, Sunil Gavaskar who is now a cricked administrator and commentator has bought a new MG Hector Plus. He bought the SUV in a dual-tone colour which is called Candy White with a Black roof. Sunil has chosen the 6 seater version and the variant details are not known yet.
The Hector Plus is a larger version of the Hector. To be precise, it is 65 mm longer at 4,720 mm. The width, height and wheelbase stay the same. You can get the Hector Plus as a 6-seater or a 7-seater. The 6-seater version is available in three variants, namely Super, Smart, and Sharp and the 7-seater version is available in four variants namely, Style, Super, Smart, and Select.
The Hector Plus is offered with a petrol engine, mild-hybrid petrol engine and a diesel engine. The 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 143 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. As standard, you get a 6-speed annual gearbox. There are two automatic transmissions available. However, they are available only with the 6-seater version. There is a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and an 8-speed CVT.
Then there is the mild-hybrid variant which comes with the turbo petrol engine. The power output of the engine stays the same but there is an additional 48V battery that adds E-boost, regenerative braking and engine idle start/stop. This helps in increasing fuel efficiency.
There is also a 2.0-litre Fiat-sourced diesel engine available with the Hector Plus. It puts out 170 PS of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to only a 6-speed manual gearbox and there is no automatic gearbox on offer with the diesel engine.
Price and competitors
The Hector Plus starts at Rs. 13.96 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 19.94 lakhs ex-showroom. It has to compete against the Mahindra XUV 500, Tata Safari, Hyundai Alcazar, Toyota Innova Crysta and the recently unveiled Mahindra XUV 700.
MG Hector Plus is one of the most equipped SUVs in the segment. It comes with LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, LED fog lamps, LED tail lamps, floating turn indicators, roof rails and turn indicators on the outside rearview mirrors. The lower variants get steel rims with wheel caps while mid variants get 17-inch steel alloy wheels and top-end variants come with 18-inch dual-tone machined alloy wheels. The 18-inch alloy wheels came with the update and these were important as the 17-inch wheels looked a bit small for the wheel wells of the Hector.
The top-end variant gets a digital instrument cluster while the lower variants get an analogue unit with a digital multi-information display. The top-end variant also comes with ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, front ventilated seats, wireless charger, powered tailgate, smart swipe for the tailgate, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and electric adjustment for the front seats.
The infotainment system is positioned vertically. It measures 26.4 cm and is a touchscreen unit. It comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Infinity sound system with subwoofer and amplifier and steering mounted controls. It also gets connected car features through iSmart system.