The king of the mid-size SUV is the Creta but other SUVs are in fair demand also. The recently launched Safari’s biggest rival is currently the MG Hector Plus, while for the Harrier it is the MG Hector. This rivalry is based on the size and road presence of SUVs. The sales data for March 2021 is out and it reveals that the sales of the MG hector and the Hector Plus is more than the Tata’s SUVs.
The sales for the Harrier and Safari combined for the month of March 2021 were 4,432 while for February 2021 were 3,737 units. When compared, the sales of the MG Hector and Hector Plus combined were 4,720 for March 2021 whereas for February 2021 it was 3,662 units.
This shows that in terms of sales the MG Motor is leading in March by 288 units. But in February the sales of Tata Motors was more by just 75 units. However, both the manufacturer’s SUV have shown growth. Tata’s SUVs showed a growth of 18.60 percent whereas the MG’s SUV has shown growth of 28.89 percent.
MG Motor launched the facelift of the Hector and Hector Plus. There are even more features on offer than before. The look of the Hector has also been updated slightly. The Hector has a bolder front with a more aggressive front grille. The front and rear faux skid plates are now finished in Gunmetal colour. The rear red garnish that connects both the tail lamps is now replaced by a gloss black one. There are also some 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels that enhance the stance of the SUV by filling the wheel wells better. There is also a new colour available with the Hector known as Starry Sky Blue. The interior also gets a dual-tone theme now. The Hector Plus now gets dual-tone exterior colours also.
MG Motor also added some features to both SUVs. They now come with a wireless charger, auto-dimming interior rearview mirror and ventilated seats. Hector on the other hand got more features. For instance, Hinglish voice commands, Wifi-option, weather forecast, engine start alarm etc.
MG also added a CVT gearbox for the Hector and the Hector Plus earlier this year. The MG Hector starts from Rs. 13.17 lakhs ex-showroom whereas the Hector Plus starts at Rs. 13.34 lakhs ex-showroom.
The most recent launch from Tata Motors was the Safari. Tata decided to bring back the iconic nameplate for their flagship model of India. It is based on the Harrier and shares the same OMEGA ARC platform which is derived from Land Rover’s D8 platform. Despite being named Safari, the new SUV does not come with a 4×4 powertrain. Instead, it is powered by a 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that produces 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The Safari is offered as a 7-seater as standard. Although you can get a 6-seater option with the top-end XZ Plus variant. The Safari starts from Rs. 14.69 lakhs ex-showroom.