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MG Astor: ZS Petrol compact SUV gets a new name for India

Morris Garage or MG Motor as we know is planning to launch the petrol version of their ZS SUV in Indian market. The petrol version of the SUV has been spotted testing several times with heavy camouflage. The upcoming ZS petrol will be a mid-size SUV that will compete with cars like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos in the segment. The petrol SUV is expected to get a different name than the electric version and according to some reports, the upcoming mid-size SUV from MG will be known as Astor in the market.

MG has been extensively testing the petrol version of the ZS or the Astor on our roads and is expected to launch it during the festive season. With the launch of Astor, MG will have four SUVs in their portfolio including the ZS EV. Once launched, ZS or Astor is going to be the entry level model from the manufacturer. The internal combustion engine version of the ZS is already available in the international market. It is available with a variety of engine options but, in India we are expected to get two petrol engines.

There will be a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated engine and a 1.3 litre turbo petrol engine. The 1.5 litre engine is capable of generating 120 bhp and 150 Nm of torque whereas the 1.3 litre turbo petrol version can generates 163 Ps and 230 Nm. If this happens, then Astor or the petrol version of ZS will be the most powerful SUV in this segment. Both engine options are expected to get a manual and automatic gearbox option.

The Astor or petrol version of ZS will actually be a bit different from the regular ZS EV. The upcoming SUV is expected to look similar to the facelifted ZS SUV that is already on sale in international markets. The headlights will be a lot more sleeker with integrated or redesigned LED DRLs. In comparison to the ZS EV on sale in India, the ICE version will be getting a new grille and revised bumper with fog lamps in it. Like other SUVs in the competition, the lights on Astor is expected to be LEDs.

Moving to the side profile, the basic design of the SUV remains unchanged. However, from the spy pictures that we have seen in the past, it is clear that the upcoming SUV will be getting a set of new alloy wheels. As we move towards the rear, the SUV gets sleeker looking split LED tail lamps with MG logo on the boot. Just like at the front, the rear bumper has also been redesigned and it now gets reflectors installed on it.

On the inside, it is expected to get a decent number of features. It will get a large touchscreen infotainment screen that supports Android Auto and Apple  CarPlay. It will also offer connected car features, automatic climate control, air purifier and so on. MG may also offer a panoramic sunroof and wireless charging that is available with other SUVs in the segment. MG is expected to price this SUV quite competitively as Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos are already popular in the segment.

Via Rushlane