Morris Garage has enjoyed a lot of success in India with its first product, the MG Hector SUV. Now, it seems like the company is looking to expand its range by introducing a 6-seater version.
The six-seater MG Hector has been spotted during testing for the first time in India. The test vehicle was under heavy camouflage, but it looks very similar to the 6-seater Baojun 530 launched in China earlier this month. The MG Hector is based on the Baojun 530, so it seems fair to assume that the 6-seater versions will also share the same relationship.
As for the styling, the new 6-seater version seems to also have a split headlamp design, but with a slight redesign as compared to the MG Hector. The LED DRL strip is new, and the main headlamp cluster seems to be redesigned too. The front grille seems new as well, along with the front bumper. The rear-end also features new elements. The tail lights now have clear lens LEDs, and even the bumper is new, complete with twin-exhaust tips.With so many new design details, it seems like the 6-seater Hector will have a lot of unique features to distinguish it from the regular 5-seater version.
Expect a few changes to the interior as well. The biggest change would be the inclusion of captain seats in the second row, instead of the regular bench seats. In the rear, we can expect a bench seat which would bring the total seating capacity to six. A similar seating arrangement is also seen on the Maruti-Suzuki XL6. The equipment should remain the same - a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, panoramic sunroof, AI assistant with voice commands, along with six airbags for safety and much more.
The engine options will remain the same as well; a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel unit. These engines are only BS-IV compliant as of yet, but are expected to meet BS-VI norms before launch. The three-row/six-seater MG Hector will go up against the upcoming Tata Buzzard and the Mahindra XUV500 (which is also due for a facelift). Expect launch to take place early next year.