MG Motor India has partially revealed the Astor SUV for the market, with bookings commencing on 19th September 2021. At launch, the SUV will be available with two petrol engines.
For the uninitiated, the Astor is an ICE-powered version of the ZS EV. It is based on the facelifted ZS that was revealed for Europe and Thai markets a year ago. The India-spec model boasts in-car AI that we read about last month, and so, there’s a rather cheesy ‘AI Inside’ badge on the driver-side front door. The tailgate gets an ‘ADAS’ badge. Also, notice the chunkier tyres wrapped to rather small-ish looking wheels. And interestingly, the calipers are painted red, so that you don’t need to go to that local paint shop.
Features inside include a 7-inch driver display, a 10.1-inch infotainment display, 6-way power-adjustable driver seat, electric parking brake, PM 2.5 filter, rear AC vents and more. The Astor is happy to talk about the AI personal assistant, again. Apparently, it can tell you jokes, read you news, give you information via Wikipedia, and control certain in-car functions for you. The Astor also boasts ADAS, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Assist, Blind Spot Detection and so on. Read more here.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, for starters, there’ll be a 1.5L (1,498 cc) petrol engine with 81 kW (110 metric hp) and 144 Nm (106 lb-ft) of torque, paired with a CVT. For those who want more, the Astor will offer a 1.35L (1,349 cc) turbocharged petrol engine with 103 kW (140 metric hp) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque, paired with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Download the brochure here.