MG showcases the Astor, their upcoming mid-size SUV that makes use of the ZS platform. Headlining the features is the ADAS Autonomous Level 2 driving assistance with 14 autonomous features, along with the brands AI Assistant that, in partnership with many third-party apps, allows access to 4D maps, vehicle digital passport and the ability to pre-reserve your parking.
Taking forward the brand’s dynamic design, the Astor’s contemporary style boasts of a prominent Celestial grille that differentiates it from the ZS EV. The Astor’s nine crystal diamond elements in the LED headlamps make for a distinct hawk-eye expression with precise details.
MG has partnered with BOSCH for ADAS (Advanced driver-assistance systems) in Astor. AI technology, six radars and five cameras equip the SUV to manage 14 advanced Autonomous Level 2 features. The car ensures a safer driving experience with 27 standard safety features like ESP, TCS and HDC. Among its host of comfort, convenience and safety features include 6 airbags, 6-way power-adjustable driver seats, electric parking brake, heated ORVM, rain-sensing wiper, PM 2.5 filter, panoramic sky roof, rear AC vent and front and rear armrest,10.1-inch HD infotainment system for the cinematic experience and full digital cluster with 7-inch embedded LCD screen.
Astor has 80+ internet features residing on MG i-SMART technology. On top of it, building on CAAP (Car as a platform), MG Astor hosts subscriptions and services, including maps and navigation with MapMyIndia, Jio connectivity, the first-of-its-kind Blockchain-protected vehicle digital passport by KoineArth and more. MG car owners will also get access to music on the JioSaavn app, along with the industry-first feature of reserving a parking slot through a head unit (powered by Park+, select cities to begin with) and access to unlimited information with Wikipedia.
Dimensionally, the Astor measures 4,323mm in length, 1,809mm in width and 1,650mm in height. Now except the wheelbase, the dimensions are the largest in its segment. Powering the Astor are two petrol engine – a 1,349cc turbo (140PS, 220Nm) coupled with a six-speed AT and a 1,498cc N.A coupled to either a six-speed MT or an eight-step CVT transmission. The Astor is here to compete against the Hyundai Creta, VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Kia Seltos. It even challenges its own cousin in the form of the MG Hector and its own rivals like the Tata Harrier.