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MG Hector Plus Spotted, Innova BS6 Prices, Thar Bookings And More

MG To Make Rs. 12 – 15 Lakh Electric Vehicle

MG India President, Rajeev Chaba recently disclosed to Livemint that MG are investing in local battery production. According to the source, this should allow them to bring an EV between Rs. 12-15 lakh. The ZS will also soon get an upgrade to get its range to 500km. That will make it the longest-range electric vehicle in the country. The Hyundai Kona’s 452km range is currently the best you can get here.

MG ZS EV
MG ZS EV

Here’s the statement:

“This is our mid to long term plan. We want to double our bets on electric vehicles in the medium to long term and want to be the leader (in the EV space). That’s why we will come with a battery with 500 kilometres range to show our intent.

Even in 2021, everyone is talking about 8% GDP growth because the base will go down in 2020. So, 2022 will be a good year and all these plans are lined up for then. The battery assembly will happen in our plant but whether it will be done by us or a vendor that has not been decided.”

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2020 MG Hector Plus Spotted In Gurugram

The MG Hector Plus looks like it’s done testing and is ready to hit the showrooms. A 6-seat version of the Hector Plus was roaming around Gurugram with a Toyota Innova. This car had a captain seat layout in the second row.

2020 Hector Plus Spotted - Rear
2020 Hector Plus Spotted – Rear

The Hector Plus will also get a 7-seat version with bench in the second row. According to ACI, Hector Plus will go up against the Toyota Innova. It’ll challenge Innova’s reliability with a 5-yr unlimited km warranty, more features and a lower price tag. About Rs. 3.0 lakh lower than the Innova Crysta for the Hector Plus is enough to convince Innova buyers to at least take the Hector Plus for a test drive.

2020 Hector Plus Spotted - Seats
2020 Hector Plus – Seats

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2020 Toyota Innova BS6 Prices – Bookings Open

Speaking of Innova, here are the BS6 prices of the MPV:

Toyota Innova BS6 Prices

Variant

Petrol

Diesel

G 7s MT

Rs. 16.44 lakh

G 8s MT

Rs. 16.49 lakh

G+ 7s MT

Rs. 17.09 lakh

G+ 8s MT

Rs. 17.14 lakh

GX 7s MT

Rs. 15.66 lakh

Rs. 17.47 lakh

GX 8s MT

Rs. 15.71 lakh

Rs. 17.52 lakh

GX 7s AT

Rs. 17.02 lakh

Rs. 18.78 lakh

GX 8s AT

Rs. 17.07 lakh

Rs. 18.83 lakh

VX 7s MT

Rs. 19.0 lakh

Rs. 20.89 lakh

VX 8s MT

Rs. 20.94 lakh

ZX 7s MT

Rs. 22.43 lakh

ZX 7s AT

Rs. 21.78 lakh

Rs. 23.63 lakh

Toyota Innova Crysta
Toyota Innova Crysta

Opinion

After ruling for over a decade, poor Innova is facing competition left and right. Mid- to full-size 7-seat SUVs like XUV500 and VW Group’s Tiguan Allspace and Kodiaq are taking small slices from the Innova’s pie. Meanwhile, the Kia Carnival is also posing a serious threat with a lucrative price tag, luxurious features and some serious road presence.

Say what you will about the Chinese roots of MG, but their strategy and focus have worked well so far. And their commitment to make in India also shows intent to stay here and help the Indian economy. Right now, the slowest to adapt are the Japanese veterans – Toyota and Honda.

Dealers Accepting Bookings For 2020 Mahindra Thar

2020 Mahindra Thar (Camo)
2020 Mahindra Thar (Camo)

According to a TeamBHP report, Mahindra dealers are taking bookings for the next-generation Thar. According to the source, the car could go on sale in August. Mahindra officials had earlier confirmed that the Thar would be the first new car after the lockdown ends.

Powertrain options for the 2020 Thar could include 2.2-litre turbo diesel and 2.0-litre turbo petrol.

Also Read: 2020 Next-Gen Thar Is The Next Mahindra To Go On Sale

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BS6 Mahindra XUV300 Diesel Fuel Efficiency

Mahindra XUV300
Mahindra XUV300

After the BS6 update, the fuel efficiency of the Mahindra XUV300 remains the same as before – 20kmpl. While this is low for its class, it’s worth noting that the XUV300’s diesel engine is a lot torquier than the rest. It has 300Nm of twist coming at 1500rpm. That’s 85Nm more than EcoSport, 60Nm more than Venue and 40Nm more than Nexon’s diesel engines. Hell, it’s only 60Nm less than the XUV500. With that kind of performance, a small fuel efficiency penalty should not bother the owners.

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