MG Hector launched in the Indian market a few weeks back and it has already become extremely popular in the Indian market. The all-new Hector launched with a competitive price in the Indian market and due to the extremely high demand for the vehicle, MG has suspended the bookings for the MG Hector and the all the vehicles for 2019 are sold out. It should be noted that the MG Hector is a five-seater car that takes on the likes of Tata Harrier and Mahindra XUV500 in the Indian market. However, soon, MG is expected to launch a seven-seater version of the car in the market next year. Before that, the seven-seater version of the Hector has been showcased the vehicle at Indonesia Motor Show.
It should be noted that MG Motors is owned by SAIC, a big conglomerate of automobile brands around the world. SAIC is a part of SAIC, General Motors and Wuling Automobile in China, which is known as SGMW. The MG Hector, which was launched earlier this year is sold as Wuling Almaz in the Indonesian market. While there are a few minor changes on the exterior of the Wuling Almaz and MG Hector, overall the vehicles are exactly the same. Both the vehicles get the same headlamps and other lamps. The only major change that we could spot is the front grille of the Wuling Almaz and the MG Hector.
Apart from the standard 5-seater, Wuling has also launched a 7-seater version of the Almaz in the Indonesian market. With the additional third-row seating, the car will be able to compete with the likes of Mahindra XUV500. The last row of seat gets dedicated fan speed controller, a USB charging socket, two cup-holders. However, space is not enough for adults going on long journeys. The Wuling Almaz 7-seater gets the 60:40 split in the third-row seat, which sure is a great way of storing the extra luggage and utilising the space properly. All the other features of the car including the 10.4-inch infotainment system remains the same.
The dimensions of the 7-seater and 5-seater versions remain the same. Also, there are no changes in the wheelbase too. Other features and even the engine remains identical to the 5-seater version of the car.
Now MG will launch the 7-seater version of the Hector in the Indian market soon. In the Indonesian market, the price difference between the 5-seater and the 7-seater is just Rs 1 lakh, which can be a similar strategy in the Indian market too. It should be noted that even Tata is working on the 7-seater version of the Harrier, which will be launched in the Indian market later this year.