MG Astor launched in India

While the MG Hector is set to launch in Nepal soon, the Astor is launched in India at the starting price of INR 9.78 lakh, that exceeds to INR 16.78 lakh for the top variant.

The newcomer SUV has been introduced in India as the country’s first car with a personal AI assistant–which also can take commands in ‘Hinglish’ (Hindi+English).


Design

The Astor’s exterior features a bold celestial grille and LED hawkeye headlamps at the front, and at the rear is a bumper with chrome-accentuated dual exhausts and LED taillamps. The five-seater SUV features a dual-tone–leather upholstered–interiors. Among the seats is a six-way power-adjustable driver seat. Up front is an electronic power-steering wheel and behind it is an embedded 17.78 cm digital cluster. On the dashboard sits a 25.7 cm touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto.


Performance

The MG Astor comes with two engine options: VTi-TECH and 220TURBO.

The SUV powered by the VTi-TECH engine generates a power of 110 Ps at 6000 rpm and a torque of 144 Nm at 4480 rpm. The engine is mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic transmission .

The one powered by the 220Turbo engine–mated to a six-speed automatic engine–produces 140 Ps of power at 5600 rpm and a torque of 220 Nm at 3600 rpm.


Specifications

EngineVTi-TECH220TURBO
Fuel typePetrol Petrol
Displacement (cc)14981349
Transmission5-speed manual/CVT6-speed automatic
Fuel tank capacity (L)4845
Seating capacity55
Boot space (L)475475
Ground clearance (mm)205205

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Features

The MG Astor boasts the i-SMART technology, which offers 80-plus connected car features including digital car key, remote control via i-SMART app, live location sharing, voice readout, anti-theft immobilisation, and vehicle-status check.

The vehicle comes with other convenience features such as auto AC and rear AC vents, electronic power-steering with mode adjust (Normal, Urban, and Dynamic), a panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, push-button start/stop with smart entry, rear 60-40 split, auto headlamps, and five-USB charging ports.

The SUV comes with Autonomous Level-2 safety features such as lane-keep assist, blind-spot detection, rear-cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision prevention, speed-assist system, and intelligent headlamp control.

For safety, the vehicle features six airbags, ABD with EBD, electronic-stability program, traction control, hill-hold control, ISOFIX, electric parking brake with auto-hold, 360-degree around view camera, a tyre-pressure monitoring system, and security alarm.

The MG Astor will directly rival with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV700, and VW Taigun


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