MG Hector Plus production begins in India before official launch

MG Motors showcased its upcoming car the Hector Plus at the 2020 Auto Expo. The new car, based on the brand’s first car – the Hector will be launched in the Indian market by next month. The 6-seater Hector Plus has been delayed due to the lockdown restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the manufacturer has officially announced that the production of the upcoming vehicle has begun at the Halol, Gujarat plant.

The Hector Plus is based on the Hector but looks slightly different due to the tweaked exterior features. The Hector Plus is also slightly longer than the Hector but that is because of the redesigned bumpers. The metal body parts remain identical. Other parts that make the Hector Plus distinctive from the brand’s first car in India are a few changes on the outside. The Hector Plus gets a tweaked grille and new headlamps that make the car look quite different. Also, the design of the tail lamps are different and with new bumpers and skid plates, the overall design of the car looks very different.

Speaking on the development, Manish Manek, Chief Plant Officer, MG Motor India, said,

“The HECTOR PLUS is aimed at addressing specific family needs with captain seats in the middle row and a third row for teenagers. Further augmenting the HECTOR brand family, the HECTOR PLUS stands out as the smarter choice with advanced technology, best in-class safety, and unmatched comfort.”

The Hector Plus will be the brand’s third car in the Indian market. After the success of Hector, MG Motors introduced the all-new ZS EV, which is the first electric vehicle from the brand. The Hector Plus will be positioned above the Hector and it will offer premium features.

The Hector Plus will be launched with 6 seats. There will be two captain seats in the middle row. However, in the future, the brand may launch the 7-seater version with a bench seat in the middle row. The Hector Plus will take on the likes of Toyota Innova Crysta directly and since the MG can give the cost advantage, and put an aggressive price tag on the Hector Plus, it will be an interesting competition in the segment.

The upcoming car will offer a similar feature list as the Hector. We will see features like a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control system, ambient lighting system, 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Internet-connected features including voice-controlled features.

Both the engine options that power the MG Hector will also be available with the Hector Plus. We will see the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol and a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel. The petrol engine will get a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission too.