The MG Hector Plus 7-seater will feature a bench row in the middle as opposed to the captain seats in the 6-seater version. Apart from that, MG Motor has also announced a price hike of up to 3% across its range from January 1, 2021.
MG Motor will be launching the 7-seater version of the Hector Plus in January 2021. The MG Hector Plus was launched as a 6-seater earlier this year. The 7-seater version is expected to be identical to the 6-seater, except for the fact that it’ll feature a bench row in the middle as opposed to the captain seats of the 6-seater version.
The Hector Plus was revealed at the 2020 Auto Expo. While the 6-seater has been on sale for a while, the launch of the 7-seater has been delayed by nearly a year. Having said that, expect the 7-seater version to launch at a slightly lower price than the 6-seater. However, MG has also announced that it’ll be hiking the price of all of its products – Hector, Hector Plus, ZS EV and Gloster – by up to 3% with effect from January 1, 2021.
In terms of features and powertrain options, the Hector Plus 7-seater will be identical to the regular Hector (5-seater) or the Hector Plus 6-seater. The Hector range is currently offered with two petrol engine options – a 141bhp/250Nm 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine and a 48V mild-hybrid version of the same powertrain. The diesel version features the FCA-sourced 2.0-litre unit that develops 168bhp and 350Nm of torque – this is the same engine that does duty in the Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual gearbox as well as 6-speed dual-clutch automatic (only with non-hybrid petrol).
The MG Hector Plus 6-seater is currently priced between Rs 15.71 lakh and Rs 18.70 lakh (ex-showroom). The starting price is for the Super variant though as it’s no longer available with the base Style variant. At the time of its launch, the Hector Plus Style was available at Rs 13.49 lakh (ex-showroom). It’ll be interesting to see how the 7-seater version will be placed on the market, or if it’ll be offered with the base Style trim or not. In any case, the 7-seater is expected to be more affordable than the 6-seater version.
The Hector Plus 7-seater will compete with the likes of Mahindra XUV500, as well as the upcoming Tata Gravitas and Hyundai Creta 7-seater.