MG Motors has officially announced to launch the 7-seater version of the Hector SUV in India in July 2020. Called the MG Hector Plus, the new model will come in 6-and 7-seat options. The new model will directly rival the upcoming Tata Gravitas and the Mahindra XUV500. However, MG Motors has is aiming to pitch the upcoming Hector Plus against the country’s most popular MPV – the Toyota Innova Crysta. In fact, the 7-seater Hector Plus was caught benchmarking against the Innova. In this article, we will compare the engine specs, features and other details of the Toyota Innova Crysta and the MG Hector Plus.
Hector Plus Vs Innova Crysta Price
The Innova Crysta is available in petrol and diesel guise. The petrol version is priced at Rs 15.66 lakh for the base model and Rs 22.46 lakh for the top-spec model. On the flip side, the diesel Innova prices start at Rs 16.44 lakh and goes up to Rs 24.67 lakh for the top-spec Touring Sport ZX automatic model.
The MG Hector Plus is rumoured to be launched in diesel version only. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 15 lakh – Rs 22 lakh. Also See – Tata Gravitas Vs MG Hector Plus
Hector Plus Vs Innova Specifications
|Specifications||Hector Plus||Innova Crysta|
|Engine||2.0L diesel||2.4L Diesel|
|Gearbox||6MT||6MT & 6AT|
The MG Hector Plus will share the engine specifications from the 5-seater Hector. It will be powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre MJD II turbocharged diesel engine. This 4-cylinder turbo engine is capable of producing 170bhp of power and 350Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. MG could also introduce the petrol powered Hector Plus, which is likely to feature the same 143bhp, 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Both manual and automatic versions are likely to be on offer.
The Innova Crysta is available with 2 BSVI compliant engines – a 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder diesel and a 2.7-litre, 4-cylinder petrol. While the former is capable of producing 150PS of power and 343Nm of torque, the petrol engine is good for 164bhp of power and 245Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed torque convertor automatic.
The petrol manual version of Innova is claimed to return 11.25kmpl, while the automatic model returns 10.75kmpl. The diesel manual and automatic versions are claimed to return an ARAI certified fuel economy of 13.68kmpl. On the other hand, the MG Hector Plus diesel is expected to return around 16-17kmpl.
Hector Plus Vs Innova Crysta Dimensions
|Dimensions||Hector Plus||Innova Crysta|
Expect the longer body, the Hector Plus has the same dimensions as the 5-seater model. The 6-seater Hector is 4,695mm in length, which makes it 40mm longer than the regular 5-seater SUV. The SUV measures 4,695mm in length, 1,835mm in width and 1,760mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,750mm.
In terms of proportions, the Innova Crysta is 4,735mm in length, 1,830mm in width and 1,795mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,750mm. It is around 40mm longer and 35mm taller than the Hector Plus.
Hector Plus Vs Innova Crysta Features
The MG Hector Plus shares most of its components and features with the 5-seater SUV. It will have a 10.4-inch portrait touchscreen infotainment system, MG’s in-car connectivity technology and a panoramic sunroof. This SUV gets ‘Leg Swipe’ boot opening feature, which allows opening the tailgate by waving a foot below the rear bumper. The SUV also receives design changes in the form of new headlamps, updated bumper, new grille, new skid plates and revised rear taillamps. In terms of features, the Hector Plus gets power adjustable front seats, cruise control, a 360 degree camera, air-con vents and USB charging port for the third row passengers. The SUV will share the safety features with the Hector, and the 6 airbags will be offered with the top-spec model.
The MG Hector Plus will be offered with 6 and 7-seating layouts. The six-seater version will have captain seats for the second row, while the 7-seater model will have bench type seats for the second row. Similarly, the Innova Crysta is also available with captain as well as bench-type second row of seats depending on the variant. Both models get split-folding third row seats.
In terms of features, the Innova Crysta gets automatic AC, cruise control, 8-way power adjustable driver seat, 7 airbags, ESC, ABS with EBD and hill start assist, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and separate Air-Con vents for the front and rear occupants.