The MG Astor will be launched in the first week of October 2021. The new mid-size SUV is expected to be priced at par with the recently launched Volkswagen Taigun and the Skoda Kushaq.
The Volkswagen Taigun has recently made its debut and the mid-size SUV retails between Rs 10.50 lakh and Rs 17.60 lakh (ex-showroom). You can read about the variant wise price break up by clicking on the link here.
Now, MG Motors is all set to launch their newest contender in the mid-size SUV space, the Astor, on October 7, 2021. The MG Astor is essentially a petrol-powered ZS EV. The overall styling is very similar to the ZS EV; however, the Astor gets its share of minor cosmetic tweaks to set it apart from the battery-powered mid-size SUV. The changes include a differently styled grille, reworked headlamp design and new alloy wheels. The interiors of the MG Astor are very different compared to the MG ZS EV.
The MG Astor will feature level-two autonomous driving tech and artificial intelligence – which are a first in the segment. More on the tech front includes smartphone mirroring, Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Jio Saavan application for streaming music; all of which can be accessed via a 10.5-inch infotainment screen.
The engine options are a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit and the more affordable variants will be offered with a 1.5-litre NA petrol. The former powertrain will be offered with a six-speed automatic gearbox only, while the latter engine will have two options, a five-speed manual or an eight-step CVT. Just like the Skoda Kushaq and the Volkswagen Taigun, the MG Astor misses out on a diesel engine option.
The 1.4-litre unit produces 138bhp and 220Nm of torque, whereas, the 1.5-litre unit pushes out 108bhp and 144Nm.
Other mid-size SUVs that the Astor will rival are the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks, and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross in some cases.