MG delivers 500 Astor compact SUVs on Dhanteras

MG launched the Astor recently in the Indian market and it is already a success. The SUV was sold out for 2021 in just 20 minutes. MG has already delivered by 500 Astors on the occasion of Dhanteras to its customers. Buying a new vehicle on Dhanteras is considered auspicious in India. Due to this, many Indians wait for this special day to get their new vehicle delivered.

MG delivers 500 Astor compact SUVs on Dhanteras

MG is aiming to deliver 4000 to 5000 Astors by the end of December this year. They are trying to reduce the waiting period as the whole world is currently facing a shortage of semiconductors. Semiconductors are widely used in making vehicles. They are used in various equipment like ABS, infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters etc. Customers can book the Astor by visiting an MG dealership or they can just go online on MG’s website.

MG delivers 500 Astor compact SUVs on Dhanteras

Astor has one of the best interiors in the segment. It looks and feels premium and many people think that this kind of interior belongs in a much more expensive car. There are three upholstery options. There is red and black, ivory and black and an all-black layout. However, the rear seat is not so roomy because Astor is more of a crossover instead of a SUV. It is smaller in dimensions when compared to some of its rivals. So, the rear seats are best suited for two occupants only.

Prices and rivals

MG delivers 500 Astor compact SUVs on Dhanteras

The introductory price of MG Astor starts at Rs. 9.78 lakhs ex-showroom while the top-end variant costs Rs. 17.38 lakhs ex-showroom. Astor competes against Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, Renault Duster and Nissan Kicks.

Engine and variants

MG is offering Astor in five variants, namely Style, Super, Smart, Sharp, and Savvy. It is available in two petrol engines. As of now, there is no diesel engine on offer. There is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine and a 1.3-litre turbocharged engine. The 1.5-litre engine produces 110 PS of max power and 144 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission. The turbocharged engine produces 140 PS of max power and a peak torque of 220 Nm. It is offered only with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

The base variant i.e. Style is offered only with the naturally aspirated engine and you cannot get an automatic transmission with it. The rest four variants are offered with an optional CVT automatic gearbox whereas the turbo petrol engine is offered only with Smart, Sharp and Savvy variants.

Fuel efficiency

MG delivers 500 Astor compact SUVs on Dhanteras

According to MG’s internal testing, the naturally aspirated engine with a manual gearbox should deliver a fuel efficiency of 14 to 15 kmpl. The CVT automatic should have a fuel economy of 10 kmpl to 12 kmpl. The turbo petrol engine will have a fuel efficiency of 9 kmpl to 12 kmpl. Obviously, these figures can change depending on the driving habits of the consumer and driving conditions.

Paarth Khatri

Paarth's passion for cars started by collecting newspaper clippings when he was just a toddler. He is obsessed with cars and technology and can talk about them all day. He has an undying love for cars with a manual transmission and is always ready to drive anything with 2 or 4 wheels. Being an audiophile his dream car is Lexus LFA, considering it is the best sounding car ever made. He would happily burn the last gallon of petrol for a lap in the Ariel Atom 500. (Full bio)