MG Motor has just unveiled the 6 seat Hector at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo. It’s called the Hector Plus. Here are the first images of the SUV straight from the show floor at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo.
Apart from adding a three row layout, and slightly revised styling, the Hector Plus is essentially the 5 seat Hector under the skin, and is what the Tata Gravitas is to the Harrier. The actual launch of this SUV will happen in the coming days. Prices are expected to start from about Rs. 13.5 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, and bookings for the SUV will soon be open at MG Motor dealerships across the country. Deliveries will begin shortly.
Like the Tata Gravitas, the MG Hector Plus gets a three row seating layout, with the first two rows offering captain seats while the third row is a bench seat that will accommodate two adults. The MG Hector Plus is mechanically similar to the Hector. It’s likely to get turbocharged petrol, turbocharged petrol mild hybrid and turbocharged diesel engines. It features a monocoque body, and is front wheel driven.
As is the case with the Hector, there could be 6 speed manual and twin clutch automatic gearbox options available with the turbocharged petrol (non hybrid) engine while the turbopetrol mild hybrid engine is expected to get a 6 speed manual as standard. The diesel engine gets a six speed manual gearbox as standard. All engines offered on the Hector Plus will meet Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms, and can run on BS4 fuel without any problem. This should come as relief to those worried about BS6 fuel availability.
Like the MG Hector, its Plus version is feature-rich. From a panoramic sunroof and rear AC vents to cruise control, automatic headlamps and wipers, and a massive, Tesla-style infotainment unit dominating the center console, the SUV has quite a few features that will impress most. It also gets a range of connectivity options made possible by on-board internet. Yes, just like the Hector, its Plus version gets ‘internet inside’.
Who is the Hector Plus for?
The newest variant of the Hector is intended for those who need the extra comfort and flexibility that a three row seating layout offers. With the third row of seats up though, luggage space will reduce. Folding down the rear seat when additional luggage space is required or mounting a roof rack/box where luggage can be safely stowed is an option that many people could take.