Motor India recently unveiled the technology-loaded Astor SUV. The upcoming SUV will get several industry-first and segment-first features. Starting tomorrow, the Astor are going to be on display across MG showrooms within the country and is predicted to be launched within the first week of October, 2021. The Astor is predicated on MG’s successful global platform, ZS. 

In an attempt to require the competition to subsequent level, the Astor SUV will offer several first-in-segment features, like – 

The private AI assistant is powered by i-Smart Hub, which enables the system to interact with the people within the car. The system supports jokes, news, Wikipedia, festival GIFs, in-car controls, and chit-chat and Hinglish commands. The AI assistant is meant by an American company, Star Design. 

The vehicle offers Autonomous Level 2 system which incorporates 14 autonomous features. This includes lane functions (lane keep assist, lane departure prevention, lane departure warning), rear drive assist (blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert), adaptive control , forward collision prevention (front collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic emergency braking – pedestrian), speed assist system (speed warning, intelligent mode, manual mode), and intelligent headlamp control.

Exterior 

The Astor gets full LED hawkeye headlamps which is flanked by a bold celestial grille. As for the edges , the vehicle gets the leopard jump shoulder line which is complemented by turbine-inspired machined alloys. The rear section gets a no-fuss layout and it features LED taillights , Astor lettering on the boot lid, and chrome rings round the dual exhaust design within the bumper. The vehicle is obtainable in five colour options, like – Spiced Orange, Aurora Silver, Glaze Red, Candy White, and Starry Black.

Interior

The vehicle gets premium artificial leather layered interiors and a dual-tone Sangria Red interior theme. The vehicle gets a totally digital cluster with a seven-inch embedded LCD screen. For the primary time during this segment, the Astor offers electronic power-assisted steering with mode adjust (normal, urban, and dynamic). For added convenience, the vehicle gets a panoramic skyroof, rain-sensing wipers, push-button engine start/stop with smart entry, six-way power adjustment seat, 60:40 split rear seats, auto headlamps, PM 2.5 filter, rear ac vents, and auto AC.

Engine

The Astor are going to be available in two petrol engine options. The 1.4-litre 220 Turbo engine generates 136bhp and 220Nm of torque. This engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic drive . The second petrol engine may be a 1.5-litre VTi tech that generates 107bhp and 144Nm of torque. This engine is out there in manual transmission and an eight-speed CVT option.

When will it launch and what is going to it cost?

MG is predicted to announce the costs of the Astor within the first week of October. The SUV is on display across all authorised MG showrooms from today with bookings set to commence soon. Although the variant details aren’t known yet, the Astor might be priced from Rs 10 to Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom)

MG Astor to compete with

MG will compete with the Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks, Renault Duster, and therefore the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun.

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