New MG Astor India debut: what to expect

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The highly anticipated MG Astor compact SUV is set to be unveiled in India on September 15, 2021. Here’s everything you can expect from the new MG Astor.



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The next MG Astor will be one of the most technological SUVs of MG Motor India

Morris Garages India is set to officially unveil the highly anticipated MG Astor compact SUV tomorrow, September 15, 2021. It is essentially the internal combustion engine (ICE) version of the fully electric ZS EV SUV, and in the world it is still sold as MG ZS. The ZS gasoline engine, which will be called MG Astor in India, was first shown at Auto Expo 2020. As the challenge imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic forced MG to postpone the launch in India More than a year old, the automaker is finally ready with the SUV, and it is expected to go on sale in India soon after its official debut. Here is everything you can expect from the new MG Astor.

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Design and style

In terms of design and proportions, the new MG Astor will resemble the existing ZS EV, however, the styling will be entirely different. In fact, the SUV will borrow its visual cues from the ZS facelift that launched in the UK last year. Up front, the SUV will receive an imposing new grille, LED headlamps with new boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights and a new bumper. The SUV will also receive new two-tone alloy rims similar to the British model. At the rear, the SUV will receive new LED taillights and a new rear bumper with fake skid plates.

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The MG Astor will receive an imposing new grille, LED headlamps with new boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights and a new bumper

Interior and technology

MG has yet to unveil the interior of the MG Astor, however, based on leaked photos and the world-spec SUV, we know the Astor will get features such as – a flat-bottom steering wheel, an interior two-tone and a large 10.1- inch infotainment screen and a fully digital instrument cluster with a large MID unit. we expect it to get automatic climate control, a rear parking camera, and some of the other features offered in the ZS EV.

The MG Astor will benefit from features such as - a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a two-tone interior and a large panoramic sunroof

The MG Astor will benefit from features such as – a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a two-tone interior and a large panoramic sunroof

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The Astor will also be the first SUV to use the company’s “Car as a Platform” (CAAP) concept. With this, MG aims to offer a range of technology-driven services to its customers using the SUV itself as a platform. So while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, the Astor will also come with its own personal assistant powered by artificial intelligence (AI), all part of the i-Smart hub. The assistant has its own display unit that can do a bunch of facial expressions, and it understands natural language and supports up to 35 Hinglish voice commands. You can perform several in-car functions like opening the sunroof, controlling the air conditioning system and music, all with a simple voice command, which can be triggered by saying “Hello Astor”. The Astor will also be delivered with an ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistant System) with level 2 automation, among other active and passive safety functions.

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The Astor will also come with its own personal assistant powered by artificial intelligence (AI)

Engine and transmission

While detailed specifications have yet to be revealed, the MG Astor will be a gasoline-only SUV, and the company will apparently offer two gasoline engines. The former will be the naturally aspirated 1.5-liter engine that powers the Hector, while the latter will be a more powerful 1.3-liter turbo engine. While the former is expected to get both a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic like the Hector, the 1.3-liter turbo gasoline mill could only come with an automatic transmission.

Price competition

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The MG Astor will compete with the Hyundai Creta Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq and the future Volkswagen Taigun. In terms of price, we expect MG Motor India to launch the new Astor from ₹ 11 lakh, all the way up to ₹ 17 lakh (ex-showroom).

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