The Hector Plus remains mechanically identical to the five-seat Hector. It will be available in six- (captain seats in the middle row) and seven-seater versions.
As the name suggests, the MG Hector Plus is a ‘Plus-sized’ version of the Hector, which was launched in India last year. After the standard Hector and the ZS EV, the Hector Plus will be the third offering from MG Motor India, with its launch scheduled for some time in the latter half of 2020. The Hector Plus will be available in two seating configurations: a six-seat version (2+2+2) and a seven-seat (2+3+2) version. The model shown at the Auto Expo today was the six-seat version.
While the Hector Plus features a near-identical stance to the standard Hector, MG has given the former some styling changes to make it differentiable. Changes include a redesigned front profile, comprising a resculpted bumper, an all-black grille sans the chrome lining, wider LED DRLs, and new housing for the headlight and fog-lamp. In our opinion, the Hector Plus looks more butch and somewhat stylish with these design changes.
The rear profile of the Hector Plus has been rather simplified by removing the LED light strip from the tailgate and the bumper. Redone taillight units (with a bit of clear plastic) further make the rear of the Hector Plus simpler. Look at the car from the side, though, and the extra 40mm length (to accommodate the third row of seats) becomes quite evident.
With the interior of the Hector Plus not revealed officially, we're yet to determine the changes made to the car's cabin. Based on some shots we managed to get from the outside, the main highlight inside is the use of captain seats for the second row, replacing the bench from the standard model, and a third-row bench for the six-seat version. The seven-seat version, on the other hand, gets bench seats for both the second and third row.
Under the hood, the Hector Plus is expected to get the same BS-VI compliant powertrains as its smaller sibling. For reference, the Hector gets two engine options – a 2.0-litre diesel and 1.5-litre petrol. The latter also comes with the option of a hybrid. Just like the Hector, the Hector Plus also comes with a 6-speed manual as a standard fit. The petrol model, meanwhile, gets a 7-speed DCT option too.