Based on the existing MG Hector, the new MG hector Plus will debut at Auto Expo with BS6 engine options.
Launched in June 2019, MG Hector has emerged a bestseller and has already raced past its primary rivals Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500. Looking to build momentum and improve sales further, MG will be launching the 6-seat variant of Hector. Production has already begun for 6-seater Hector and official bookings are expected to be announced soon.
Leaked from the Auto Expo venue, where it will be making its debut, the 6-seater Hector is called Hector Plus. It comes with changes at the front and rear. The front grille is new with chrome finish, giving it a more premium finish. Updates have also been provided to front and rear bumper, headlights and tail lamps. MG Hector Plus is 40 mm longer than the existing variant.
MG Hector Plus will be sold alongside the current 5-seat variant. While existing colour options include Candy White, Aurora Silver, Burgundy Red, Starry Black, and Colored Glaze Red, 6-seater Hector is expected to get an additional shade of Blue.
On the inside, 6-seat Hector gets captain seats in middle row. The additional third row gets a bench seat that can accommodate two passengers. The third row is collapsible and can be used to increase boot space. It is expected that dedicated AC vents will be provided for third row passengers, along with utility spaces and charging sockets.
Apart from these, there won’t be any other major changes in 6-seater Hector. Engine options will be the same as the current model, a 1.5 litre petrol, a 1.5 litre petrol hybrid and a 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine. The only difference will be that these engines will be BS-VI compliant versions of their predecessor.
While the petrol units deliver 143 hp / 250 Nm, the diesel engine generates 170 hp and 350 Nm. Transmission options for Hector include 6-speed manual for petrol hybrid, 6-speed manual and DCT unit for petrol variant and 6-speed manual for diesel variant. The Fiat-sourced diesel engine also powers Harrier and Jeep Compass.
Hector comes with connected car technology and offers a range of internet connected smart features such as real-time vehicle tracking, geo fencing, remote door lock/unlock, collision alert, etc. In terms of safety, the SUV gets 6-airbgs, electronic stability program (ESP), traction control system (TCS), hill hold control, ABS with ABD and brake assist, 360° camera view, front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system and ISOFIX child seat mounts.
With its updated features and BS-VI compliant engine, 6-seater Hector could be priced higher than existing 5-seat model. Customer may have to pay around Rs 1-1.5 lakh more for 6-seat Hector.