MG Motor India is all set to launch the new Aster compact SUV in india today. The 2021 MG Astor is the fifth model from the Chinese automaker to go on sale in India and is essentially a petrol-powered version of the MG ZS EV. The new MG Astor is the company’s first model to feature Level 2 autonomous technology with AI-based personal assistant and ADAS functions. MG is expected to offer the compact SUV in eight variants with a choice of two petrol engines. It employs a new concept of Car-as-a-Platform (CAAP), whereby MG plans to offer a range of technology-driven services to its customers using Astor as a platform. Is.
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The MG Astor borrows its design cues from the ZS facelift, which was introduced in the UK last year. The SUV also gets a new bold celestial pattern grille, full LED Hawkeye projector headlamps with boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights and a new bumper. It also gets machined alloy wheels, heated ORVMs, and roof rails inspired by the new 17-inch turbine. At the rear, the SUV comes with new LED taillamps, and a new rear bumper with chrome accented dual exhaust design. It will be offered in five exterior colors – Spiced Orange, Aurora Silver, Glaze Red, Candy White, Starry Black.
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The Astor’s cabin looks similar to its electric counterpart, the ZS EV and gets three interior theme options. It comes equipped with a 10.1-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 7-inch instrument cluster, a multi-functional steering wheel with chrome inserts, power-adjustable front seats, auto climate control, 360-degree camera view. , air purifier, electric parking brake and a panoramic sunroof. It also comes with a customized AI assistant, which understands natural language and supports 35 Hinglish voice commands. The new system provides over 80 Internet features including Wikipedia, jokes, news, festival GIFS, navigation, online music streaming, in-car controls and important in-car warnings. For safety, the SUV comes with six airbags, ISOFIX mounts, TPMS, ESP, traction control, hill descent control and all four-disc brakes.
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Under the hood, the MG Astor SUV will be offered with two engine options. The first will be a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol engine that generates 138 bhp at 5600 rpm and 220 Nm at 3600 rpm, while mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The latter is a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol unit mated to either a manual gearbox or an eight-stage CVT gearbox. The mill is tuned to make 108 bhp at 6000 rpm and 144 Nm of peak torque at 4400 rpm.