MG has opened the bookings for their recently launched Astor mid-size SUV. The prices of the Astor start at Rs. 9.78 lakhs ex-showroom. It is offered in two petrol engine options and there is no diesel engine on offer. Now, the fuel efficiency of the Astor has been leaked through an internal document.
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Astor is available with a naturally aspirated petrol engine and a turbocharged petrol engine. The naturally aspirated engine is a 1.5-litre unit and produces 110 PS of max power and 144 Nm. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission. The manual gearbox has a fuel efficiency of 14 to 15 kmpl whereas the CVT should be able to deliver a fuel efficiency of 10 to 12 kmpl.
Then we come to the turbocharged petrol engine which has a capacity of 1.3-litres. It is offered only with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The leaked internal document states that the turbocharged engine should deliver around 9 to 12 kmpl.
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The document also states that these figures are based on internal testing that MG did. In real-life circumstances, fuel efficiency can change. The fuel efficiency can increase or decrease depending on various conditions like driving in heavy traffic, highways, hilly areas, accelerating rapidly etc.
The Astor is offered in five variants. There are Style, Super, Smart, Sharp, and Savvy. The Style variant is offered only with a naturally aspirated engine and a manual gearbox. The rest of the variants are offered with an optional CVT automatic gearbox. The turbo petrol engine is offered only with a Smart, Sharp and Savvy variant.
MG is offering a more powerful engine with more variants to attract more people. The rivals of the Astor also offer a turbocharged petrol engine but it is reserved for the top-end variants. Having said that, Astor does not come with a diesel engine and people who travel a lot on highways are still buying diesel engines as it is more frugal than petrol engines.
Prices and rivals
The prices of the Astor start at Rs. 9.78 lakhs ex-showroom. So, it is able to undercut most of its rivals. The top-end variant of the Astor costs Rs. 17.38 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Astor will be competing against the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Nissan Kicks and Renault Duster. The higher variants of the Astor will also compete against big SUVs such as Mahindra XUV700 and Tata Harrier because of its pricing.
MG’s always highlights their cars with their features. The Astor is no different, it also packs in a lot of equipment. As standard, it comes with LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, multi-information display, 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, steering mounted controls, four speakers, 60:40 Split seats, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, power steering modes and much more.
There are also certain feel-good factors such as leather-wrapped steering wheel, Leather layering on dashboard, doors, door armrest, soft-touch dashboard, dual-tone Ivory themed cabin, front and rear armrest that MG offers as standar.