MG recently unveiled their all-new compact SUV Astor in the market. Astor is probably the most technologically advanced car in this segment. Indian roads are filled with surprises like cattle, careless bikers, pedestrians and drivers. Here we have a demo video of MG Astor’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) showing how it can be a saviour on our roads.
MG Astor is the only car in the segment to offer Autonomous Level-2 features. AEB is one of the features in it. The video shows how the Automatic Emergency Braking in the all-new Astor actually works. The driver can be heard saying in the video about the uncertainty that we mentioned above. The Automatic Emergency Braking system in the Astor keeps the occupants and road users safe in such situations.
Astor when launched will compete with cars like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun in the segment.
The AEB system uses sensors and radars in front of the car that detects any object or vehicle in front of it. When the car senses an object in front, it displays a forward collision warning signal in the instrument cluster. If the driver continues to neglect the warning, the car automatically applies the break to avoid a collision. The same is demonstrated in the video as well.
The driver has a careless bike rider in front of her who suddenly comes to a stop. The presenter in the Astor receives notification on the instrument cluster and se ignores it. When the vehicle sensed that the driver was not applying brakes, the AEB system triggers either slows down the vehicle or brings the car to complete halt to avoid a collision.
Astor is a premium looking compact SUV both on the outside and inside. It is 4,323 mm long, 1809 mm wide and 1,650 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2,585 mm. Automatic Emergency Braking is only one of the features that Astor is offering. Other than this, it gets features like Adaptive cruise control, road speed sign detection, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Drive Assist which includes, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist features.
MG Astor will be offered with three interior colour options. There is Tuxedo Black, Dual-tone Sangria Red and Dual-tone Iconic Ivory shade available. It gets leather wrapped seats, multi function steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system, connected car features, fully digital instrument cluster, digital key, electrically adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control, virtual assistant that rotates left and right depending upon the direction where the voice command is coming from, inbuilt air purifier and many more.
MG mentioned that there are as many as 27 features as standard with the Astor. This includes ESP, Auto-calibrated traction control system and Hill Descent control. 360 degree camera, up to 6 airbags are also some of the features. Astor will be offered with two petrol engine options. The 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine generates 110 Ps and 144 Nm of peak torque. This engine is available with manual and a CVT gearbox option. The 1.3 litre turbo petrol engine generates 140 Ps and 220 Nm of peak torque. This engine will be offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission as standard.