In terms of design, features, and powertrains, the MG Astor SUV recently made its production debut, providing a preview of what to expect from the Creta and Seltos competition. The price however is not yet revealed, the variant lineup has been leaked, which will include eight trim levels. There will be no automatic option for the entry-level Style version. There is no manual option for top-spec vehicles.
MG Astor variants
According to reports, the MG Astor is available in eight different trims: Style, Super, Smart Std, Smart, Sharp Std, Sharp, Savvy, and Savvy Red. Except for the top-spec Savvy and Savvy Red grades, the 1.5-litre petrol engine will be offered with a manual transmission.
However, the automatic versions of the 1.5-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre turbo-petrol will not be offered in the entry-level ‘Style’ model trim.
MG Astor Variant Line Up
|1.5-litre petrol MT||1.5-litre petrol CVT auto|
1.3-litre turbo-petrol torque converter
With a comprehensive line-up for the Astor, MG appears to be seeking to cater to the big number of petrol heads out there. This move is to match up with several other competitors in the market providing performance models only in top trims.
MG’s lack of diesel motor for the Astor SUV is compensated by the 1.3-litre turbo-petrol which is available in all trim levels. For context, even after the conversion to BS6, diesel continues to have a stronghold on the segment, accounting for 53% of Creta sales and 43% of Seltos volume.
MG Astor SUV: Engine and gearbox
A 1.5-Litre naturally aspirated petrol motor making 110hp or a 1.3-Litre turbo petrol engine making 140hp will power the MG Astor. The latter will be available only with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission, while the 1.5-litre engine will be offered with either a 5-speed manual or an 8-step CVT auto transmission.
MG Astor SUV cool features
Though the detailed breakdown of variants will be published closer to the introduction in early October, we do know Astor’s primary features. MG has placed a strong emphasis on its artificial intelligence (AI) voice assistant and equipped the mid-size SUV with level 2 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), which employ a camera and radar mounted in the vehicle to perform functions such as Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, and others.
LED headlamps with LED DRLs, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, leatherette upholstery, electric parking brake, tyre pressure monitor, 360-degree camera, heated wing mirrors, steering weight adjustment with driving modes (normal, urban, dynamic), panoramic sunroof are few notable features on the top-spec Astor.
Over and beyond the ADAS functionality on higher-spec models, safety features including six airbags, ABS, EBD, brake aid, ESP, traction control, hill start and descent control, and rear disc brakes will be available.
MG Astor: Estimated pricing
The MG Astor is expected to be priced competitively in the Rs 10-Rs 16 lakh range (estimated, ex-showroom). MG plans on selling around 3,000 units of the Astor SUV every month. When launched the MG Astor will go against the Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier.