MG Hector Plus: A Space Age SUV For The New Age Family
With futuristic tech and ample space, the Hector Plus bridges the yawning gap between personal and family vehicles in India
If you’re looking for a vehicle that holds its own for use-cases as diverse as arriving for a professional meeting or taking a weekend holiday with your extended family, it’s more than likely that you’re still looking. That’s because the Indian automotive scene has not kept pace with the needs of the new age car buyer. However, a much-needed course correction is finally here in the form of the MG Hector Plus. Here’s how it combines modern tech and ample space to claim the mantle of India’s best family SUV.
Space Age Tech
Advanced tech is at the heart of the Hector Plus, literally! MG offers the SUV with a hybrid-petrol engine, making it the only such vehicle in its class. The 48V hybrid system, in tandem with the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol motor, makes driving the Hector Plus in urban areas a cakewalk as the SUV responds eagerly to even the slightest throttle inputs. Of course, there’s also the small matter of the hybrid Hector Plus, with its lower emissions, giving you bragging rights about doing your bit for the environment.
That said, there’s more than one aspect of the Hector Plus’ tech package that you can humbly brag about. For instance, the 10.4-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system is the largest in its segment and lets you easily control a variety of functions such as music playback, phone calls, live navigation, AC, and sunroof.
The pièce de résistance of the Hector Plus’ tech package though is MG’s connected-car technology. Called the i-SMART internet suite, it uses a machine-embedded 5G-ready SIM to offer a wide range of internet-enabled services. For instance, it allows you to enter the Hector Plus using your smartphone as a key. Surprised? Well, all you need to do is download and install the MG app in your phone to not only control the doors but also remotely start the Hector Plus, switch the AC on/off, and operate the sunroof.
The i-SMART technology also gets a human touch in the form of Chit Chat, a feature that lets you converse with your SUV while on the move and makes your work commutes a lot livelier and engaging. But if driving to your favourite music tracks is your idea of the perfect commute, i-SMART has you covered with its in-built Gaana app with premium account access.
Besides being convenient and entertaining, the i-SMART internet suite also makes the Hector Plus safer. For instance, it offers a speed warning alert feature that uses live GPS coordinates to recommend a safe driving speed for the Hector Plus. The feature further alerts the driver if they cross this recommended speed limit.
In addition to making your time inside the Hector Plus more fun, these tech features also make living with the SUV more convenient. A great example of this is MG’s Smart Swipe, an automatic tailgate opening tech that lets you open the Hector Plus’ tailgate by simply swiping your foot under it – yes, fully hands-free.
Space for the Ages
All these tech features don’t count for much if they aren’t accompanied by an equally well-appointed interior. The Hector Plus has things covered here too as underneath its large dimensions lies a cabin with comfortable seating space for six adults. At 4720mm and 1835mm, the SUV is among the longest and widest in its class, respectively. Factor in the large glass area and the Hector Plus’s cabin lets you munch many a mile before you feel even the slightest fatigue.
But the highlight of the Hector Plus’s interior, apart from the tech wizardry of course, is the second-row captain seats. Offered in smoked sepia brown leather, the seats offer unparalleled comfort as they can be adjusted for legroom and recline while getting their own armrests – neat!
With a second row such as this, you’d be tempted to think that the Hector Plus’ third row might be no good. But unlike most family vehicles sold in India, not only does the Hector Plus’ third row offer adequate space but also several creature comforts such as dedicated AC vents with fan speed control, USB ports, and height-adjustable headrests.
All said and done, the MG Hector Plus is also as much about fun as it is about utility. Nothing illustrates this better than when you hop on to its driving seat. The view offered by the lofty perch makes for an easy driving experience while bits such as the leather-wrapped steering wheel, armrest, and a 7-inch coloured MID that supports navigation, music, and calling make piloting the Hector Plus an enjoyable affair.
Leading the Way for Family SUVs in India
A family vehicle for the modern age has its work cut out. It needs to be space-age in look as well as feel, offer a tech package that is equal parts entertaining, practical, and safe, and ably perform the tough balancing act of being large enough to seat six while being nimble enough to navigate urban areas. It’s no wonder then that such a vehicle eluded Indian roads, i.e. until the MG Hector Plus rolled along.
To know more about the MG Hector Plus’ space-age tech and feature-loaded interiors, head to your nearest MG dealership today.