The Astor is essentially the petrol-powered variant of MG’s first electric vehicle in our territory, the ZS EV. It is expected to debut on September 15, 2021, ahead of its market launch in October.
In MG’s India line-up, the Astor will replace Hector as its new midsize SUV. The 4.3m-long SUV will be dimensionally smaller than the Hector (4.6m long) and therefore be better suited to compete with the Hyundai Creta, the segment leader. It’s also expected to have a number of design changes compared to its electric counterpart.
MG will pack the Astor to the gills with new technology and features, just like the other products it produces. There are a number of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) functions included on the Astor, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure prevention, lane keep assist, and speed assist. The Astor will be the first midsize SUV in the space to offer ADAS, as other manufacturers’ models such as the MG Gloster and Mahindra XUV700 have offered it in the past.
Astor also features the Jio e-SIM for integrated connectivity features, which can be accessed via the 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system. A voice-controlled AI assistant will also be included, which can respond to online queries as well as follow voice commands.
MG will offer a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre, 120hp, 150Nm engine under the hood. Additionally, a more powerful engine is expected to power the new vehicle, boasting 163hp, 230Nm, and 1.3 litres of capacity. In the Astor, you can choose between a manual and automatic transmission.
Rivals & Prices:
Astor will compete against similar-sized SUVs (around 4.3m long) like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kick, Renault Duster, Skoda Kushaq, as well as the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun. As for the cost of the Astor, we expect it to be within the range of Rs 10-16 lakh (ex-showroom).