MG launched the all-new Hector in the Indian market last year and it has become quite popular in the Indian market. The all-new MG Hector takes on the likes of Tata Harrier and the higher-end variants of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The Hector offers 5 seats but the British manufacturer showcased the Hector Plus at the 2020 Auto Expo in India, which will be launched later this year.
According to ACI, the new 7-seater version of the Hector, which will be known as the Hector Plus will be launched in June 2020. The launch of the car has been delayed by a bit due to the coronavirus pandemic in India and around the world. Currently, all the car manufacturers are not operating their assembly lines or selling any cars in the market.
Rajeev Chaba, President & MD, MG Motor India, said to ACI that initial plan was to launch the car in April and surprise the market. However, with the current situation, the April launch will not happen. Instead, the car will be launched in June.
The MG Hector Plus is the 7-seater version of the Hector, which is already on sale in the market. It will be MG Motor’s third vehicle in the Indian market after the Hector and the ZS EV. The all-new Hector Plus will offer three-row of seats. Initially, the 6-seater version of the Hector Plus is expected to be launched in India and at a later date, the 7-seater version can be introduced. The six-seater version of the Hector Plus will offer two captain seats in the middle row, which will offer greater comfort compared to the 7-seater Hector Plus with a bench seat in the middle row.
Design-wise, both the Hector and Hector Plus are nearly identical. However, there are a few styling differences between the two cars. The Hector Plus will come with an all-black front grille. It will also offer restyled front and rear bumper and slightly tweaked headlamps with thicker LED DRLs. Even the fog lamps are redesigned that add a fresh look to the car.
The side profile remains the same while the rear of the vehicle gets a new bumper, a new set of tail lamps, and newly designed dual-exhaust tips. The Hector Plus is slightly longer than the Hector due to the redesigned bumpers.
MG is also expected to offer an identical feature list as the Hector. The engine powering the Hector Plus will also remain identical as the Hector. There will be a 2.0-litre diesel engine producing a maximum power of 170 PS and 350 Nm of torque while the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine will produce a maximum of 143 PS and peak torque of 250 Nm. The petrol engine option will offer 48V optional hybrid system and an optional 7-speed DCT automatic too.