SUVs like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks and Renault Duster have already been competing in the C-SUV segment. Out of these, the Hyundai Creta is the segment king. The car rules in sales charts as well as the features department. The Creta comes with many modern features that help it retain the top spot. A new product, however, might enter the C-SUV race soon. This article will discuss this Rs 10 Lakh SUV that will be cheaper than Hyundai Creta. Let’s go.
The MG Astor will borrow body panels from the ZS EV. Other than this and a few elements, it will be a refreshed car. MG Astor will have a new set of tail lamps & headlamps, mostly expected to receive LED treatment similar to other cars in competition. Also, unique alloy wheels on the Astor will further help it to be differentiated from the EV.
The Astor will share some elements from the ZS EV. With that being said, some elements will be changed to retain uniqueness. For instance, the touchscreen infotainment setup will be a floating unit, the centre console buttons will be new and every passenger will get adjustable headrests in the Astor. However, some elements like the multi-function steering wheel will directly be borrowed from the electric counterpart.
The MG Astor car is mostly expected to come powered by a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated engine which will be capable of producing 118bhp and 150Nm of torque. A 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine might also be made available which will be capable of producing 161bhp and 230Nm of torque. Both these engines are expected to come mated with manual as well as automatic gearboxes. A diesel engine is however not expected for the car. Also, the car will come sat on 17-inch wheels.
All-wheel disc brakes, wireless charging, driving modes, electronic parking brake with Auto Hold, hill descent control, traction control, an electric sunroof, a touchscreen infotainment system, a fully digital instrument cluster & front ventilated seats are expected to be some of the key features. These features will help Astor take on the Creta.
This will be a very crucial point that MG will most probably focus on. Beating a product like the Creta is a huge task in itself. MG might aim to take on Creta by undercutting it in terms of pricing. We believe MG would bring the Astor at a starting price point of close to Rs 10 Lakh (on-road). By offering the Astor at this price, MG will surely attract many customers that find it difficult to extend their budgets for Creta.
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