MG has offered three products to Indian customers with the Hector, ZS EV and the premium Gloster. MG recently updated the Hector and the ZS EV. MG is bringing another product very soon, and it is the ZS EVs petrol avatar, which will be officially coming as the MG Astor. We have got our hands on some spy shots of the Astor. In this article, we will be discussing the upcoming MG Astor.
The new MG will be very similar in terms of design to the ZS EV. MG is expected to retain most of the elements of the ZS EV. LED projector headlights with LED DRLs, front grille and the rear LED tail-lamps are expected to be the same on the Astor. The design of the headlights could be a bit different. We are however expecting to see a new fog-lamp housing and new alloys on the MG Astor.
The MG Astor gets a 1.5-litre VTi engine in the international market which produces 118bhp and 150Nm of torque. The foreign market also sees a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine on the Astor which produces 161bhp and 230Nm of torque. The car comes with options of a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. It will be interesting to see that if this car goes up against the Creta how many engine/gearbox options will it get.
The upcoming MG is expected to come with most of the features which its electric counterpart gets. Touchscreen infotainment system, panoramic sunroof, push start-stop button, air purifier, driving modes, cruise control, automatic headlamps, automatic rain-sensing wipers and power-adjustable driver seat are the features which we might get to see on the Astor. Heated-ORVM might also be offered with the Astor.
The MG ZS EV was awarded a 5-star NCAP safety rating. The Astor is also expected to maintain these safety standards with features like ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, 6-airbags, 3-point seatbelt, electric parking brake, hill descent control, hill start assist, ESC, parking sensors and reverse parking camera with guidelines.
The upcoming product is expected to be priced somewhere starting around Rs 10 to 12 Lakhs, slotting under the Hector and the Hector Plus. Currently the Creta base variant starts at Rs 9.99 lakhs (ex-showroom).
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