As we know that MG Motor is working on a petrol version of the ZS to launch as a new entry-level vehicle for the Indian market. The new crossover SUV might be called Astor as per the latest application submitted by MG Motor. As per the latest information, ZS Petrol will be the most powerful SUV in its segment once it’s launched. It will rival the likes of Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Nissan Kicks.
The MG Astor will come with two petrol engines as per TeamBHP. 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 be offered with a manual transmission or a CVT automatic gearbox. The power output is expected to 120 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 150 Nm. The highlight of the ZS Petrol will be the 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine which will produce 163 bhp of max power and 230 Nm of peak torque, making the ZS the most powerful SUV in the segment. The turbocharged engine will be offered with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Currently, the most powerful mid-size SUV is the Nissan Kicks and Renault Duster because they share the same 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The engine produces 156 bhp of max power and 254 Nm of peak torque. Other SUVs that come with a turbocharged petrol engine are the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta. Both of which share the same engines and produce 140 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 242 Nm from the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
MG Astor will come with lots of features just like other MG vehicles. It will come with a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, iSmart connected car technology, 360-degree parking camera, rear parking sensors and a lot more. What will be first for the mid-size SUV segment is the ADAS or Advanced driver-assistance systems which are expected to be offered on the Astor. So, there can be features like Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Park Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control. However, the ADAS features will be restricted to the top-end variant only. Other features offered by the SUV are air purifier, wireless charger, push button to start/stop, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, multi-function steering wheel, rear AC vents, digital instrument cluster and a lot more.
The SUV’s exterior will offer LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, LED tail lamps and huge MG grille with a piano black finish. The ZS Petrol measures 4.3-metres in length, which is 0.3-metres less than the Hector. The ICE version of the ZS is based on the facelifted version of the ZS so it will not look like the current generation of ZS EV. The new ZS Petrol will be a lot sharper in looks. The interior is also expected to look more modern than the ZS EV. The ZS Petrol will be the new entry-level vehicle from MG Motor. This should help in attracting more people to the MG brand.