MG Motor India is planning to launch a new top variant of Hector Plus to compete with the new generation of XUV500
When MG Motor launched its first car in India in 2019, there was talk of the auto industry for many reasons. One of them was the amount of functionality it offered. Easily the car more feature rich in the segment at the time of its launch.
Today, MG offers Hector, Hector Plus 6-seater, ZS EV and Gloster. Next month, they will launch Hector Plus 7 seats. And now, a new report reveals that they are about to add a new top-of-the-range variant to the Hector Plus 6-seater, called the Savvy.
MG Hector Plus Savvy
The Savvy variant name is currently on offer with Gloster. It’s the name of the top-of-the-range Gloster variant, which sits above the Sharp variant. Even in the case of the Hector Plus 6 seater, the Savvy variant will sit above the current top variant, which is Sharp.
With this new Savvy trim, MG Motor will bring not 1, but 2 great features, one of which is the first in the segment. The first will be a 4 × 4 driving system and the second is ADAS (Advance Driver Assistance Systems). It is the latter that will be the first in the segment.
ADAS functionality they are relatively new to India and are offered in very few cars. When MG launched the Gloster, it was the first car to achieve this feature in the segment. And now, MG intends to offer the same level of advanced features in a car that’s an even lower segment. ADAS will allow Hector Plus to auto park, auto brake, navigate at the same speed while maintaining a safe distance and many of these features
There are reports that the upcoming Jan 2021 Mahindra XUV500, which is slated to launch in March next year, will receive ADAS capabilities. The MG Hector Plus Savvy trim is likely to launch around the same time, if not sooner. In doing so, making sure they stay on par with the new generation of XUV500 in terms of feature list.
MG Hector Savvy features and safety
The MG Hector Savvy will be well equipped as it will sit above the current top trim. Features include a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with MG in-car connectivity technology and an Infinity sound system.
It will be equipped with a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, electric front seats, heated exterior mirrors, hands-free trunk opening function and security via a 360-degree camera and parking sensors in the front and rear. Safety equipment on the 7-seat MG Hector will also include a total of 6 airbags, traction control, tire pressure monitoring system, hill assist, ABS and EBD.
MG Hector Savvy will be powered by the same range of engines that powers the current Hector Plus. These include a 1.5 liter turbocharged gasoline engine delivering 143hp and 240Nm and a 2.0 liter diesel engine that delivers 170 hp of peak power and 350 Nm of torque. The turbo petrol engine is equipped with a 48V lightweight hybrid system for torque assistance, while a 6-speed manual gearbox and dual-clutch automatic transmission will also be offered.
As for pricing, the MG Hector Savvy is likely to be price higher than Sharp variant of approximately Rs.1 lakh. The 6-seater model currently retails from Rs.13.73-18.68 lakh, ex warehouse.