Here's some news for you if you're looking to purchase an MG Hector Plus. For all of its variants, the SUV currently has a waiting period of up to eight to twelve weeks. However, the actual wait time varies according to the variant and the dealerships' locations. At Auto Expo 2023, MG Motor India launched the MG Hector Plus facelift along with the updated Hector. For those unaware, the SUV has a starting price of Rs 20.14 lakh (ex-showroom), according to the firm's site. Options for the MG Hector Plus include six- and seven-seat models. It comes in Smart, Smart Pro, Sharp Pro, and Savvy Pro, among other versions. Besides, the SUV is available in six mono-tone and two dual-tone colour options for buyers to select from. Read on to know more about what the all-new MG Hector Plus has in store for the customers in terms of features, specs, exterior styling, and more.
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MG Hector Plus Facelift: Exterior Design
Contrary to the pre-facelift models, which had a slightly different design, the Hector Plus facelift is strikingly similar to the updated Hector. The Hector Plus features a brand-new fascia up front with sharp lines and distinct angles. With a new diamond-like pattern and an angular chrome surround that seamlessly blends with the high-mounted LED Daytime Running Lamps, the grille has significantly increased in size. Along with getting a revised pentagonal shape that echoes the grille, the main headlamp cluster on the bumper now has gloss black surrounds. A new chrome surround for the central air intake is also added to the front chin.
The updated Hector Plus SUV's rear has a new tail-lamp assembly with a red strip that connects the lamps at either end in a new design. With new angular creases, the rear bumper has also undergone a redesign. A simpler design with subtle new chrome inserts has replaced the outgoing model's dual-tone black and silver treatment. The SUV's exterior, however, has not changed at all; even the 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels are the same as those on the previous model.
MG Hector Plus Facelift: Powertrain
The 1.5-litre petrol engine that powers the Hector Plus SUV is still available, and it can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission. Maximum power and peak torque for this unit are 143 bhp and 250 Nm, respectively. Previously, a 48-volt mild hybrid system was also available with this engine. However, the facelifted SUV no longer offers that. Additionally, the petrol engine's 7-speed DCT gearbox is also no longer available.
The 2.0-litre, 170bhp, 350Nm diesel engine that powers the Harrier, the Safari, and the Compass remains. As before, MG continues to only offer a single six-speed manual gearbox for the Hector diesel.
MG Hector Plus Facelift: Interior Features
A larger 14.0-inch touchscreen has been integrated into the dashboard of the 2023 Hector Plus, making it the largest touchscreen ever installed in an Indian mass-market vehicle. More horizontal lines and redesigned D-shaped AC vents have been added to the dashboard, which has also undergone a complete redesign. The centre console on the Hector Plus has a faux-wood finish, giving the impression that it is flowing down from the infotainment screen. The Hector Plus also receives a black-beige finish.
Furthermore, there are many more buttons, a redesigned cupholder, and an electric parking button on the centre console. The inclusion of ADAS on the Hector Plus is a highlight that has generated the most discussion in terms of features. New features like lane-keep assist, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and lane-departure warning are added as a result. Along with updating the 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, MG also updated the iSmart infotainment system.
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In other news, MG Motor is preparing to introduce a two-door electric vehicle in India. The brand has revealed the name of its upcoming 2-door electric vehicle: Comet. The Wuling Air EV, which is currently offered in markets like Indonesia, is essentially rebranded as this car. The Comet is anticipated to go on sale in India by mid-2023, with an estimated price tag of Rs 10 lakh. The MG Comet's powertrain is most likely to consist of a battery pack with a 20–25 kWh capacity and a single electric motor mounted on the front axle. The small electric vehicle is expected to have a single-charge range of up to 300 kilometre.
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