MG Motor entered the Indian market with the Hector currently offers the ZS EV and Gloster apart from the Hector twins. The manufacturer is still young in the Indian market and is now planning to enter the highly competitive segment of mid-size SUVs.
MG is planning to launch the Astor in India, which will be essentially the ICE-powered version of the ZS EV. Team-BHP has shared spy pictures of the upcoming car that will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos in the Indian market. The highly competitive segment that is currently ruled by Creta also saw the launch of the all-new Skoda Kushaq recently.
The upcoming Astor was spotted parked with full camouflage on the exterior. It gets the same grille and headlamps as the ZS EV that is already on sale in the Indian market. So the exterior is likely to remain exactly the same as the ZS EV with changes like different alloy wheels and few changes around.
On the inside, the MG Astor that was spotted gets an all-black cabin with contrasting silver trims. The central console holds the large infotainment screen that is positioned towards the driver. The design of the dashboard looks clean.
There is space for two cupholders in the central console and armrest. While we cannot comment on the list of features that the upcoming Astor will come with, we can confirm that it will get some segment-first features.
The new Astor is likely to get powered only by petrol engine options. There will be a 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine that will churn out a maximum power of 120 PS and peak torque of 150 Nm. MG will offer a more powerful engine option as well. The more powerful variants will get the 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine that will generate an enormous 163 PS and 230 Nm.
The vehicle in the spy images gets an automatic transmission. However, MG will offer both transmission options for targeting a wider audience in the market. MG is likely to offer the conventional torque converter automatic transmission and not the DCT, which has faced a few problems with the Hector.
Since MG will enter the highly competitive segment, it is likely to come with a few options that are not available with the rivals. Looking at the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the Skoda Kushaq, there are only a few things that are not available in the segment.
MG is likely to offer the ADAS or the Advanced Driver Assistance System, which is also available with the Gloster. While the system may not offer as many features as the Gloster but there will be a long list of them.