Morris Garage (MG) launched its first vehicle in India back this summer in the form of the Hector. The Tata Harrier and Mahindra XUV500 rivalling SUV has since been a hot-seller and given the manufacturer a good start in the Indian market. One of the various attractive aspects for Hector buyers is its size, which is among the best in the segment. It has been known since some time that MG is working on a bigger, 6-seater version of the Hector that will be its third launch in India after the e-ZS EV SUV is launched. Now, the six-seater Hector has been spotted testing for the first time on the Indian soil and the spy shots, courtesy Autocar India, reveal quite a bit of detail about the upcoming SUV.
Sharp-eyed readers might have already made out that the vehicle in the images here is slightly different from the regular Hector. The LED DRLs have a different arrangement which looks more stylish here and a larger front grille. Though the headlamps are partially visible, they also seem to feature a slightly different layout and have chrome surrounds all around them, unlike the 5-seat Hector. At the rear, the tail lamps design along with the bumper which seems to have been redesigned.
It is not confirmed yet whether the 6-seat Hector will have the exact same dimensions as the 5-seat Hector or will be a bit larger than it. The latter will be the case with the upcoming 7-seat version of the Harrier, which was showcased at the Geneve Motor Show earlier this year. The Baojun 530, which is the SUV on which the HEctor is based, was recently facelifted for the Chinese markets and now is 40 mm longer than the pre-facelift model. Same could be the case with the 6-seat Hector since it features updated front and rear bumper among other changes.
Talking about the cabin of the upcoming 6-seat Hector, the biggest difference will be the presence of captain seats in the middle. MG has chosen to go for the more luxurious 6-seat design with captain seats in the middle instead of the regular 7-seat layout and this could be because of the buyer segment the manufacturer is targeting. Other changes on the vehicle include new alloy wheels, a few interior tweaks, and probably some new features. Powering the 6-seat Hector will be the same 1.5-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engine along with the 48V mild-hybrid version of the turbo-petrol engine. All of them will be BS6-compliant at launch. MG has priced the Hector quite well and the same could be expected for this one too, which will be chiefly pitted against the 7-seat Tata Harrier when it gets launched.