New Delhi: MG has finally taken the wraps off the Astor in India. It is the fifth SUV to join the British brand’s India lineup after Hector, Hector Plus, ZS EV, and Gloster. Interestingly, the Astor is ZS EV’s petrol counterpart and the two SUVs look quite similar. However, MG has made sure that the two SUVs are very different from each other in almost every sense. One of the biggest highlights of the Astor SUV is the raft of artificial intelligence (AI) based features on offer. Along with this, the upcoming MG SUV also has advanced driver assistance systems for level-2 autonomous capabilities. The company is expected to launch the Astor next month in India to cash in on the festive season.
MG Astor SUV’s overall silhouette is reminiscent of the ZS EV but there are many distinct elements on the former. The Astor gets a hexagonal Celestial grille, swept-back LED headlamps with LED DRLs, side cladding, a sloping roofline, and split LED tail lights. The overall aesthetics of the SUV are enhanced by dual-tone 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, and chrome window lines. The Astor is 4,323 mm long, 1,809 mm wide, and 1,650 mm tall.
MG Astor’s interior layout is quite similar to that of the ZS EV but gets three interior themes. It has large touchscreen taking the centre stage. However, the highlight here has to be the AI-powered personal assistant placed atop the dashboard.his assistant uses natural language processing and understanding to interact with the driver. Interestingly, this assistant can even mimic human expressions when interacting. The Astor AI assistant can perform a variety of tasks like operating the sunroof, navigating to a destination, answer questions using information from Wikipedia, providing news on the go, and even crack jokes to lighten up the mood. It is worth noting that MG Astor personal assistant will be voiced by Dr Deepa Malik, President of the Paralympic Committee of India.
Other features available on the Astor are a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity, i-Smart system for connected features, automatic AC, heated ORVMs, hill descent control, power-assisted steering modes for different steering feel, six-way powered seats, panoramic sunroof, electric parking brake, rain-sensing wiper, rear AC vents, PM 2.5 filter, a digital key to unlock and start the car, and more.
MG has joined hands with several partners to offers functionalities like 4D navigation, reserving parking spot, JioSaavn for music, digital car passport, and more. All these services are provided on the Astor via the i-Smart Hub feature.
As mentioned below, the Astor also offers level 2 autonomous capabilities, thanks to 14 features like adaptive cruise control, intelligent headlamp control, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, rear-drive assist, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, etc. The SUV also has a speed assist system that reads traffic speed limit signs to alert the driver about the permissible speed limit on that stretch of road. This system can even reduce the speed of the vehicle according to the allowed speed limit on that route. These are in addition to other safety features like traction control, six airbags, ABS, EBD,
MG Astor will be available with a choice between two engine options. The 1,349 cc turbo petrol engine makes 138 bhp and 220 Nm. This powerplant is available with a choice between a six-speed manual gearbox and six-speed automatic transmission. There’s also a 1,489 cc naturally aspirated petrol engine making 144 Nm and 108 bhp. This engine will be available with a choice between manual gearbox and eight-speed CVT.