sillier is the fact that some people call MG Motor India products “Chinese
products”. To set the record straight, MG Motor India has a British lineage
through UK based Morris Garages, has the backing of China’s largest auto
company SAIC and operates completely as an Indian company. It has its own
manufacturing plant in Halol in Gujarat and empowers almost an equal number of
Indian men and women at its plant. It has its own corporate office in Gurugram
in North India. That, I guess makes the company 100 per cent Indian.
to the Hector, the Hector Plus is as tall and as wide and even has a similar
wheelbase. But what has changed is the length of the vehicle. The Plus is 65mm
more than the Hector and this is because of the changes in the front
bumper. A lot of chrome that surrounded
the grille area and the headlamp cluster etc has been done away with. Instead,
the Hector Plus gets a chrome studded front grille now. Then there are now stylish
new headlamps, new front and rear bumpers, new rear tail light design, and
revised skid plates.
new Hector Plus has floating light turn indicators, LED headlamps, LED DRLs,
LED front and rear fog lamps, LED tail lamps, turn indicators on ORVMs. It also
has heated ORVMs, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers and shark fin antenna.
Thus, despite the vehicle have a 65mm extension, it still looks elegant and
smart. It stands tall on 215/60 R 17 alloy wheels.
vehicle comes with six-way power adjustable driver seat and 4 way power
adjustable co-driver seat for top variant except in hybrid variant. Not to be
missed is the dual panel panoramic sunroof. But what is really plus in the new
Hector Plus are the two captain seats in the second row and two seats for kids
at the third row. But because the company has carved out an extra row of seats
in the Hector Plus, the boot space is compromised and it’s only 155 litres. But
if you were to bring down the last row seats you get a massive 530 litres of
boot space. The captain seats, I feel, could have better (broader) arm rests. The
third row for children gets dedicated aircon vents and blower control. The
seats are made of faux leather, with a sepia brown colour. The same material is
used sparingly on the dash as well as the door trims.
vehicle has 8 colour ambient lighting10.4 inches touch screen, 7 inches
coloured MID with navigation, music, calling and TPMS inputs. The new MG Hector
Plus comes with the latest version of the i-Smart that offers on the go
connectivity. It has 55+ connected features. The 10.4 inches touch screen
remains the one that was in the Hector. Remember it has over 100 + voice
commands activated by saying “Hello MG” for hand free control.
the Hector Plus comes with a chit chat feature that allows you to have pleasant
conversation with your MG. I personally
felt it was a bit juvenile in nature. This chit chat feature involved a handful
of questions and a set of answers that are permanent in style and content. Thus, if you want to chit chat beyond the
preset questions, you will find no answers. This is a feature that makes not
Hector Plus also gets what is known as a smart swipe where the tailgate can be
opened with a single swipe of your foot.
Engine & Performance
Hector Plus is being offered in both petrol as well as diesel models. The
petrol engine is a 1.5 litre turbocharged intercooled machine while the diesel
engine is a 2 litre turbocharged machine. There is also a petrol hybrid model
that again has the same 1.5 litre turbocharged intercooled with belt engine.
This model is powered by a 48V hybrid system that works in combination of
petrol and electric drive. This battery powered system increases fuel efficiency
and reduces co2 emissions has functions like regenerative braking, e-boost for
great driving experience, engine idle auto start/stop system. While the hybrid engine and the diesel come
with 6 speed manual transmission, the non hybrid petrol model which we were
driving comes with DCT. Besides, the models come in four variants: Style,
Super, Smart and Sharp, the Sharp being the top variant. We got to drive the Petrol model that is mated to an automatic DCT
is almost perfect about the Hector Plus is the cabin comfort it offers. While
on the move you get to appreciate is suspension which is perfectly tuned for
the rough and the smooth. The NVH levels are well under control and you get a
very quiet cabin when you are driving. Premium sound by Infinity, android auto
and apple car play, 8 speakers and tweeters, steering mounted audio controls,
steering wheel that can be adjusted for tilt and reach, add to the joy of being
in the vehicle.
you are driving the vehicle you do notice the very apparent turbo lag in the
vehicle. You notice it when you accelerate at lower speeds, trying to pick up
speed. But the transition to higher speeds happens almost immediately and it’s
really not a negative point against the vehicle. Of course, for those really impatient
drivers, there is always the Sport Mode to shift to where you can manually
control your gear changes to a certain extent.
is no compromise too on the safety front for the Hector Plus. It comes with 6
airbags, disc brakes on all four wheels, auto headlamps and wipers, front and
rear parking sensors, 360 deg camera, electronic stability programme (ESP)
traction control system (TCS), hill hold control, tyre pressure monitoring
system, ABS + EBD +Brake Assist, Electronic Parking Brake. Priced at Rs 13.49 lakh to Rs 18.54 lakh, The Hector Plus is around Rs
65000 more than regular Hector.
Hector Plus is very much a plush version of the Hector. Though the wheelbase of
the Hector and the Hector Plus are identical, what MG Motor India has managed
to do is to rearrange the cabin space and make it more practical. The choice is
yours now, you want those captain seats and the third row, then the Hector Plus
is your only choice.