MG is on a roll in India and its first product has become an instant hit. The Hector has managed to sell in thick numbers and it shows the sheer level of feedback and interest that the automaker has received from the Indian audience. MG has dropped another killer car at the Auto Expo 2020. It is the MG Hector Plus, and as the name suggests it is an extension of its very popular five-seater Hector.
It will be offered in both a six-seater and seven-seater variants. The six-seater variant will have captain seats for the second row and the seven-seater variant will have bench seats for both the second and third rows. This will give potential MG customers to choose between five, six or seven-seater SUVs, as per their needs.
On the inside, apart from the seating changes, the MG Hector Plus will also get certain aesthetic modifications and also a more intuitive update of the 10.4-inch portrait touchscreen system. It will also carry forward on the various other features from the Hector along with a sunroof and in-car connectivity suite, at the top trims.
On the outside, MG has done enough to differentiate the three-row SUV from its smaller brother. The most notable features include a blacked-out grille instead of the chrome-laden one from the Hector. The LED lighting setup has been revamped with a more thicker DRL setup along with sharper-looking triangular headlights and foglights. These changes give the front fascia a refreshed look. The rear has also received a few subtle changes as the reverse light has moved up. The SUV is 40mm long and that is visible from the side profile. MG has still gone with those punny rims and we wish they had upsized the alloys to better complement the size of this SUV.
Firepower will supposedly be taken care of by the same set of engines that are used in the Hector. The 1.5L petrol engine, the same with a 48V mild-hybrid system and 2.0L Turbodiesel derived from Fiat’s Multijet 2 engine will all be BS6 compliant. The trio of engines will come coupled to a 6-Speed manual gearbox and the petrol powerplants get a bonus with the optional 7-Speed DCT transmission. MG hasn’t given us any word on an automatic diesel, yet. As the powerplants and power figures are the same, it will be interesting to see how the extra kerb is handled. We will have to wait and see if it actually brings down on performance front or manages it smartly.
MG has not disclosed on the pricing of the three-row SUV, but looking at the additions and updates we can expect it to carry a healthy premium over its smaller brother. The pricing will be announced in the second half of 2020 along with its booking slots. MG Hector Plus challenges the new Tata Gravitas and Mahindra XUV500. This segment is going to get more competitive as Hyundai is also planning to launch the next generation Creta with a third-row option.