Price hikes from a range of auto manufacturers are somewhat customary at the start of the year. In January 2023, most OEMs announced price increases. Now, Indian buyers will be hit with yet another round of price increases due to upcoming stricter RDE emission norms. Recently, MG Motor India confirmed its second price increase this year following its initial price increase in January. Dealerships have received notification of the new prices, which will take effect on March 1, 2023. Both new and current backorder customers will be subject to the revised prices. Currently, models like the Hector, the Astor, the Gloster, and the ZS EV are included in MG Motor's Indian portfolio. Now, without any further ado, let us have a detailed look at the model-wise price hike implemented by the British automotive marque.
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Prices for the MG Hector petrol variant have increased by Rs 40,000, while diesel variants have increased by Rs 60,000. The visible difference between the two versions might be a result of the complexity and expense of RDE compliance for diesel engines. About one-third of the total sales of SUVs are made up of the Hector diesel models. MG Motor introduced the all-new 2023 Hector at the 16th edition of the Auto Expo, with prices ranging from Rs 14.73 lakh to Rs 22.43 lakh (ex-showroom). Five trim levels of the SUV are offered: Style, Smart, Smart Pro, Sharp Pro, and Savvy Pro. Further, customers have a choice between 5, 6, and 7-seat options.
The Hector has been updated for 2023 with cosmetic improvements, a massive 14-inch HD portrait touchscreen infotainment system, and an extensive i-SMART connectivity suite with 75 connected features. A significant improvement in terms of features is the Level 2 Autonomous ADAS, which includes what MG refers to as TJA (Traffic Jam Assist). The TJA, which is essentially a hybrid of adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist, allows the driver to take their hands off the wheel and their feet off the pedals as the car follows the vehicle in front of them in stop-and-go traffic. The instrument display, which has numerous additional customisable modes, can be used to access the MG Pilot ADAS display. The SUV also gets an intelligent turn indicator, which turns on the turn signals automatically when the steering wheel is turned.
The cost of the MG Gloster has gone up by Rs 60,000. The starting price for it right now is Rs 32.59 lakh (ex-showroom). The Gloster has the option of ADAS and is offered in 4x2 and 4x4 variations. Among its market rivals are the Skoda Kodiaq, the Jeep Meridian, and the Toyota Fortuner. The model underwent a number of updates in August last year. It received cosmetic improvements, a wider variety of connectivity options, and new Hinglish voice commands. Moreover, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Lane Change Assist (LCA) were added to the ADAS suite.
The new advanced i-Smart touchscreen infotainment system with 75 connectivity features is a prominent change. According to the company, in addition to the previous features, owners can now use the app as a remote for audio, AC, and ambient lighting. The system, which was previously only compatible with Apple Watch, is now also compatible with Android smartwatches.
The price of the MG Astor has increased by Rs 30,000. The Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos, among others, compete with the Astor. It has two engine options on offer: a 1.5-litre unit that generates 108bhp of maximum power and 144Nm of peak torque, and a 1.4-litre turbo unit that produces 138bhp of power and 220Nm of torque. There are five different variants for the Astor, with ADAS being an option on the Savvy, the top-of-the-line model.
In terms of exterior design, the car features a bumper with a diamond pattern and wider side intakes, as well as a new grille design. The headlights with the metallic inlay have been streamlined. Except for the new set of alloy wheels, the side profile of the 2023 Astor remains largely unchanged as compared to the previous generation model. A few changes were also made to the rear end.
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MG ZS EV
The price of the MG ZS EV has been hiked by Rs 40,000. The starting price for the model as of now is Rs. 22.98 lakh (ex-showroom). Notably, the ZS EV is the country's second-best-selling electric vehicle. Facelift versions of the Astor and the ZS EV are also expected soon. Patent photos indicate a more defined profile with a focus on the front fascia. Interiors are also likely to be updated. The revamped Astor and ZS EV will be introduced first in China, then in other ASEAN markets, and finally in India.
On the feature front, the list includes a 10.1-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity), a fully-digital instrument cluster with a seven-inch embedded LCD screen, five USB charging ports, wireless phone charging, auto climate control with PM 2.5 filtration.
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