While enjoying the success of Hector which was launched in 2019 and became an overnight buzz around India, continuing to that, the British-Chinese automobile giant launched an upgraded Hector which is called the Hector Plus. The major upgrade was done inside the car with total capacity of 6 and 7 seats.
Available in 5 trims – Style, Super, Smart, Select and Sharp, combining with engine choices makes a total of 14 variants to choose from with starting price of ₹13.62lakhs to ₹19.6lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. What were the other changes made? Was this upgrade successful? How does it stand against Tata Safari and XUV 500? Let us find out.
The Hector Plus comes with 3 engine choices, one in both Petrol and Diesel fuel options along with a Petrol Hybrid version for those who love a good mileage number and make it a priority when buying a car. The petrol fueled engine comes with 1.5L turbocharged intercooled unit producing 141bhp power and 250nm of torque, diesel fueled engine comes with a bigger 2L turbocharged intercooled unit which produces a massive 168bhp power and 350nm of torque. The petrol hybrid version adds a 48V battery in the 1.5L turbocharged petrol engine. 3 transmission choices – 6-speed manual, 6-speed CVT and 6-speed DCT, the diesel engine comes with only the manual transmission.
The exterior of the Hector Plus has no major change from its 5 seater sibling, carrying the same dimensions except the length which is extended by 65mm due to big rear bumpers. Same color choices with a new Starry Sky Blue color making a total of 6 choices. The headlights have been shifted down to the front bumper and the sleek LED DRLs got a split design. At the back of the car the red reflector which connects the 2 tail lights has been replaced by a sleek chrome strip. The dual exhausts are fake and the real one is placed neatly on the left side.
Unlike the exterior, the interior of the Hector Plus has big changes which is actually the selling point of the car. 2nd row gets captain seats which can be adjusted for leg space and recline function for luxury, the 3rd row seat for which actually the Hector Plus is introduced is more of a deal breaker as it lacks both leg room and head room, useful only for kids. The seats get a new tan color which is also used with the soft touch leather materials on the dashboard. The Lithium Ion battery is placed below the front passenger seat which reduces the leg room for 2nd row passenger sitting behind.
The Hector Plus has a heavy list of features and gadgets which makes it technology friendly. In addition to all the features already with the 5 seater Hector, the Hector Plus has a smart swipe boot opening which opens when swipe left to right and closes when swipe right to left without touching any buttons.
The Select and Sharp variants are the top variants in this line and they come with premium Infinity sound system including only 4 speakers each whereas the mid variant smart has 8 speakers but does not support Infinity sound system.
All the safety features which are standard at this price is offered in the Hector Plus with the basic ones being offered in the lower variants, the top variants get some extra benefits like 6 airbags instead of 2, automatic day/night rear view mirror, tyre pressure monitoring system and Anti-theft alarm. 360-degree camera and automatic headlamps is exclusive to only Sharp variant. Traction control and hill assist control comes standard.
The new Hector Plus is not very different from its 5 seater sibling, with same size and dimensions the 3rd row seat is not a very useful and it eats up the boot space as well, considering this extra seat as the only thing that resulted in a new version of already successful Hector is disappointing, one can prefer the Hector Plus if the family has kids or else should go for the 5 seater version.