MG Hector Plus is all set to be launched in our market by next month. The 6-seater SUV will come with a gesture-operated tailgate and a lot more features that are seen on more expensive sets of wheels only.
MG India has started the production of the upcoming Hector Plus. It will start reaching the showroom floors anytime soon after its official launch, which is expected to take place next month. The Hector Plus is going to be a 6-seater SUV with captain chairs in second-row. This way, the Hector Plus will compete against the likes of Toyota Innova and Tata Gravitas. The outgoing Hector is a feature-loaded SUV and was the first in its segment to offer AI and IoT based voice commands. It also came with an embedded-SIM to make it an internet-ready car. The Hector Plus is not going fall short of the features either. With the 'Plus' suffix the car will also get a kick-to-open tailgate. It is a feature commonly seen in luxury cars. Talking of the cheapest car that gets one is the Ford Endeavour, which starts at Rs. 29.55 lakh. The kick-to-open tailgate is often referred to as keyless tailgate, where the user needs to put their leg under the car's rear bumper to open the boot lid.
The new MG Hector Plus will be powered by a petrol and diesel engine
On the inside, the new MG Hector Plus gets two-tone Black and Sepia Brown leather upholstery to look quite premium. The SUV gets third-row A/C vents as well. Talking of the changes on the exterior, the Hector Plus looks quite elegant with a new chrome-studded radiator grille, refreshed design for the LED DRLs and headlamps. From the sides, the upcoming MG Hector Plus looks quite similar to the regular Hector. Also, the three-row SUV has the same wheelbase as the outgoing car, but the overall length is longer by 65 mm. The Hector Plus also features the same design for the alloy wheels as the Hector. Moving towards the rear, the Hector Plus gets a new bumper and restyled tail lamps.
Powering the upcoming Hector Plus will be the same set of engines as the outgoing Hector. There will be a 1.5L turbo-petrol and a 2.0L turbo-diesel on offer. The smaller 1500cc turbocharged petrol motor is capable of belting out a peak power output of 143 PS at 5000 rpm and max torque 250 Nm at 1600-3600 rpm. It can be had mated to either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed DCT. The 2.0-litre oil-burner, on the other hand, churns out 170 PS of peak power at 3750 rpm and 350 Nm of peak torque at 1750-2500 rpm. This engine comes mated to a 6-speed MT only, as MG doesn't offer the option of an automatic gearbox. The all-new MG Hector Plus was also showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo early this year and it will look exactly the same way it did back at the show. The Hector Plus is expected to be priced at a marginally higher price tag than that of the Hector.