MG Motor is working on launching the petrol version of the ZS EV. However, it will be the facelift version of the ZS. So, it will look different and more modern than the ZS EV. This will also help in identifying the two SUVs. The Astor is expected to launch around the festive season this year. A camouflaged test mule of the Astor was recently spotted and for the first time, there are some spy shots of the interior.
We can see that the Astor comes with a digital instrument cluster that shows various information to the driver. However, we think that this is the higher variant whereas the lower variants will come with a traditional instrument cluster. In the middle, the information about the vehicle is shown. The speed is shown digitally on the left side while the revs of the engine are shown in numerical values on the right side. Some enthusiasts might not like this design as they like to have a proper speedometer or at least a proper tachometer.
We can also see a big touchscreen right in the middle of the dashboard, taking up the centre stage. The touchscreen infotainment system has been mounted horizontally. It seems like it will be the same unit that we have seen on the ZS EV. It is expected to measure 10.1-inches and it supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and connected car technology. There will also be other features such as a 360-degree parking camera, push-button to start/stop, a wireless charger, automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, multi-information display, electric adjustment for the driver seat, air purifier and much more.
At the side, we can see the 5-spoke alloy wheels, roof rails and a shark-fin antenna. We expect that MG will also offer a sunroof with the ZS. As of now, we do not know if it will be an electric sunroof or a panoramic sunroof. The SUV also has a sloping roofline and MG is offering LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps and LED tail lamps.
The ZS will be the most powerful mid-size SUV in the segment. It will be offered with two engine options. There will be a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The naturally aspirated petrol engine will produce 120 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 150 Nm. It will be offered with a manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission. However, the highlight of the ZS will be the 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine that will produce 163 bhp of max power and 230 Nm of peak torque. This engine will be offered only with the higher variants. It is expected to be offered only with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The ZS will go against the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The ZS will be the cheapest offering from MG Motor. Currently, they have the Hector, Hector Plus, Gloster and the ZS EV in their line-up for the Indian market.