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MG Motor has opened bookings for the new MG Astor SUV in India, and the first batch of the MG Astor SUV gets sold out within 20 minutes from opening the booking window.
The prices for the MG Astor SUV starts from Rs 9.78 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the base 'Style' variant. Whereas the top-end 'Sharp' variant equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) is priced at Rs 17.38 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Moreover, this variant is also called 'Savvy'.
Apart from that, the new MG Astor SUV can be booked for Rs 21,000. The new MG Astor SUV is available in five exterior shades and four variants.
The new MG Astor will go up against the likes of some strong contenders in the segment like the Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and a few more.
Unlike other SUVs in the segment that comes with fresh design, the new MG Astor carries a similar silhouette as the all-electric MG ZS EV.
However, the front-end looks much more different with sleeker-looking Full LED HawkEye projector headlamps, reprofiled front bumpers and a large hexagonal grille. Moving onto the rear portion, the most noticeable changes include new taillamps, reprofiled bumpers and the presence of dual exhaust pipes.
Moving inside, the MG Astor's interior has a similar layout to the MG ZS EV, but MG has heavily updated the interior with a dual-tone dashboard, a larger touchscreen infotainment system, AI personal assistant, a new conventional-looking gear selector.
Like all MG vehicles, the new MG Astor SUV also comes packed with many features and gadgets.
Speaking about features and gadgets, even the base ‘Style' variant comes loaded with features such as LED projector headlights, LED DRLs, chrome-tipped tailpipes, chrome window lines, leather layered dashboard, a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, shark fin antenna, and 3 steering modes.
The base variant also comes with convenient features such as tilt-adjustable steering, keyless entry, power windows, electrically operated ORVMs, follow me home headlamps, rear armrest, 60-40 split rear seat, height-adjustable driver seat, rear AC vents, Air Purifier with PM 2.5 filter and many more.
On the top-end ‘Sharp' variant of the MG Astor comes loaded with features such as AI personal assistant, a panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System), a 360-degree surround-view camera, 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat, electronic parking brake, Blind Spot Monitor, and many more.
However, the ADAS is an optional extra and the inclusion of ADAS makes the MG Astor the first SUV in its segment to offer a semi-autonomous driving experience, and it includes advanced features like lane keep assist, lane departure warning, collision warning, driver alert, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and a few more.
To price the compact SUV aggressively, MG Motor has not skipped any safety features to cut down the production cost.
The new MG Astor is equipped with a long list of safety features such as 6 airbags, ESC, ABS, Hill Hold Control (HHC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), four-disc brakes, parking sensors, speed-sensing door locks, security alarm, ISOFIX child seats, impact sensing auto door unlock, engine immobilizer, and many more.
The MG Astor SUV comes with two petrol engine options. The first engine option is a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol unit with 108.5bhp and 144Nm of torque. This engine can either be specified with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a more sophisticated 8-speed CVT gearbox.
The 1.3-litre petrol turbocharged petrol engine is the more potent engine, and this engine produces 138bhp and 220Nm of torque. However, this engine will be solely mated to a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
Thoughts About The New MG Astor Bookings
With a starting price of just 9.78 lakhs (ex-showroom, India) and a long list of standard features, it was certain that the new MG Astor will be a success from the beginning.
However, it is a remarkable achievement considering that the first batch of the MG Astor SUVs were sold out within 20 minutes of opening the bookings.