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MG Astor Unveiled In India Ahead Of Launch: Two Petrol Engines, Level 2 ADAS, AI Assistance & More

MG Motor India unveils the Astor ahead of its launch, which will be the brand's mid-size SUV offering in the country. The Astor is also MG's most technologically advanced product featuring Level 2 ADAS and personal AI assistance; among others.

Exterior Design

The MG Astor features similar styling to the ZS EV electric SUV. However, as the Astor is powered by a petrol engine, it does features a few changes, especially to the front. This exterior feature includes:

  • Hawk-eye LED headlamps
  • Chrome-studded grille
  • Split-LED taillamps
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Roof rails
  • All-around body cladding

Interiors, Technology & Features

As mentioned before, the Astor is loaded with many segment-first and segment-best features. This includes:

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 7-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Power adjustable seats
  • Drive and steering modes
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Electric parking brake
  • Heated ORVMs
  • PM2.5 cabin filter
  • Rear AC vent
  • Front & rear armrest
  • Leather interiors

MG also showcased (CAAP) Car As A Platform with a host of features enabled by the iSmart Hub. This includes a host of subscriptions and services, including maps and navigation with MapMyIndia, Jio connectivity, the first-of-its-kind Blockchain-protected vehicle digital passport by KoineArth and more.

MG car owners will also get access to music on the JioSaavn app along with the industry-first feature of reserving a parking slot through a head unit powered by Park+. The Astor features over 80 internet-enabled features.

However, the highlight of the interior has to be the personal AI assistance screen with human-like expressions with a panning display placed on the dashboard. The voice for the AI assistance is provided by the Padma Shri, Khel Ratna Awardee, Paralympic Medalist, Dr. Deepa Malik. AI-assistant features include:

  • Wikipedia access
  • Chit-chat & joke function
  • Read news
  • Navigation
  • Play Music
  • Select in-car warning
  • Critical in-car warning
  • Understands Hinglish

The company is also offering Digital Key enabled with Bluetooth technology. This will help the owner to access the MG Astor without the need for a physical key.

Engine, Transmission & Dimensions

Regarding powertrain, the Astor is offered with two petrol engine options.

1.3-litre Turbo-Petrol Engine

  • Max Power: 138bhp
  • Peak Torque: 220Nm
  • Transmission: 6-speed AT

1.5-litre NA Petrol Engine

  • Max Power: 108bhp
  • Peak Torque: 144Nm
  • Transmission: 6-speed MT or 8-Speed CVT

The company is also offering multiple drive and steering modes on the Astor. The steering modes include Urban, Normal & Dynamic.

Dimensions

  • Length: 4323mm
  • Height: 1650mm
  • Width: 1809mm

Safety Features

The Astor will be the second model to feature ADAS from the brand. However, the new SUV comes equipped with Level 2 ADAS with a lot more driver assistance features. This includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • AEB for pedestrian obstruction
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Departure Prevention (LDP)
  • Speed Assist System - Warning Mode
  • Speed Assist System - Intelligent Mode
  • Speed Assist System - Manual Mode
  • Rear Drive Assist - Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Drive Assist - Lane Change Alert
  • Rear Drive Assist - Blind Spot Detection

Apart from the Level-2 ADAS, the company is offering 27 standard features on the Astor.
Other features:

  • 6 airbags
  • Electric Stability Program (ESP)
  • Traction Control System (TSC)
  • ABS with EBD
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC)
  • 360-degree camera

Thoughts About The MG Astor Unveiled In India

The MG Astor is certainly the most advanced mid-size SUV that is launching in India. With the Level 2 ADAS, it is also one of the safest cars that will go on sale in the country. Along with the features and safety, the SUV is also offered with two petrol engine options including the turbo-petrol unit. Once launched, the Astor will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks, Jeep Compass and more.

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Article Published On: Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 12:42 [IST]
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