MG Hector Plus: Get The ‘Plus’ Advantage
MG ensures the ‘Plus’ is not just a fancy moniker by loading its newest SUV with several class-leading features
Features are nice to have, especially if you aspire to own a car that helps you get through the hustle and bustle of modern life. But the niceness of these features must derive from their practicality, i.e. do they make your life easier instead of just being a show-off prop?
For far too long, Indian car buyers have experienced more of the latter and not enough of the former. However, MG Motor bucked that trend by making vehicles that delivered what they promised. For instance, it made connected car technology more practical by launching India’s first internet SUV and EV that could also be booked completely online.
That run now includes the Hector Plus, a six-seater SUV that is set to redefine how family vehicles are perceived in India. Read on to know how the ‘Plus’ suffix makes your life easier, more comfortable, and how you can book the Hector Plus online.
In an SUV with several plus points, it’s hard to choose one. But a glance at the Hector Plus’s interior and you know it has to be the captain seats. Finished in smoked sepia brown leather with contrast stitching, the seats ooze comfort and a premium feel in equal measure. Finding a comfortable seating position is a piece of cake no matter how tall you are, as the seats get a slide and recline function.
And no, the comfort is not compromised even with third-row occupants as there’s enough legroom for you to feel fatigue-free for hundreds of kilometres, if not more. What also helps is that both the captain seats get separate armrests. Combine that with the large glass area and the Hector Plus is one SUV where being relegated to the backseat is anything but a punishment.
As for the third row, the seat will easily accommodate children and more importantly, keep them busy with its two USB charging ports. Additional creature comforts for third-row occupants include an AC with fan speed control and adjustable headrests.
26.4-cm Infotainment System
While the MG Hector Plus’s large cabin and captain seats take care of the comfort aspect, its 26.4-cm touchscreen infotainment system makes your driving experience more engaging and convenient. It’s, by far, the largest in its class and serves as a control pod for the Hector Plus’ various functions such as AC, sunroof, music playback, and live navigation, among others. It also pairs with your smartphone through either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, helping you receive calls, send messages, play your favourite music, etc. while keeping your eyes on the road.
MG i-SMART with Chit Chat Feature
And while the 26.4-cm touchscreen is a delight to use because of its responsive and lag-free UI, you can also operate it hands-free. Confused? Well, that is due to the Hector Plus’ i-SMART technology that lets you enjoy a variety of internet-enabled services in the SUV. This includes using voice commands, activated by saying ‘Hello MG’, to control all functions of the Hector Plus.
Powered by an embedded 5G-ready SIM, the connected car tech offers more than 55 features. The newest among those is Chit Chat, whereby you can make idle talk with your Hector Plus as you drive along. At a time when social distancing and isolation dominate our lives, this feature gives your commutes and errands a much-needed human touch.
The i-SMART internet suite opens up more possibilities through MG’s mobile app. For instance, installing the app turns your phone into a smart key that can be used to open the Hector Plus’s doors. Similarly, the app helps you remotely control other aspects of the SUV including engine, climate control, tailgate, and security measures such as Find My Car and Geofencing. While the former shows your Hector Plus’ location and the shortest route to it, the latter alerts you when the SUV breaches a perimeter pre-set by you.
MG Smart Swipe
MG’s technology is also as practical as its path breaking. Nothing exemplifies this better than the Smart Swipe feature in the Hector Plus. Sample this – to open the tailgate, all you need to do is swipe your foot under it. This thoughtful and simple implementation is a boon for occasions when your hands are full with either groceries, work stuff, or even vacation luggage. And with the third row folded, the Hector Plus offers a boot measuring 530-litres, making the Smart Swipe feature all the more useful and appealing.
Rounding off the Hector Plus’ list of class-leading features is a hybrid engine, except that it also happens to be the only SUV in its class to offer one. The setup involves a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol motor paired with a 48V mild-hybrid system that bumps up the torque at lower RPMs. The result? A smooth and linear power delivery that counters turbo lag and makes driving the Hector Plus in city conditions more fun. Of course, there’s also the small matter of lower emissions and higher fuel economy that such a setup offers.
Book Your ‘Plus’ Advantage Online
Each of these features gives the Hector Plus either a ‘first-in-class’ or ‘class-leading’ tag. Their practical and accessible nature further cements MG’s reputation as a brand that has no qualms about walking the talk. You too could bring home this practical and premium ‘Plus’ package by booking your Hector Plus online. Avoid the risk of venturing outside the comfort and safety of your home by having MG bring the Hector Plus to your doorstep. Just choose your preferred Hector Plus variant, your nearest MG dealer, and that’s it, adding the ‘Plus’ advantage to your garage was never this easy a choice or a task!