Rewriting The Rules With The MG Astor
Overdrive|December 2021
The MG Astor’s great packaging makes it one of the top contenders in the mid-sized SUV segment

Ever since MG Motors waltzed into the Indian market in 2019, its Hector SUV took over the segment with its internet packed feature which made the other SUV’s look outdated. Now two years later as the mid-size SUV segment is booming in the country, it only made sense for MG to make their contribution to the long list as well and along comes the MG Astor.

The name Astor comes from the Raytheon Sentinel, a battlefield and ground surveillance aircraft used by the UK. It is the manufacturer’s response to the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq. In addition, MG’s biggest claim regarding the Astor is that this is the first vehicle to include an AI assistant and a Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).

The Astor gets 2 sets of petrol powerplants for customers to take their pick from, a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated unit is available with a manual or an automatic transmission and a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol paired to an automatic gearbox. The 1.5-litre unit produces 110PS and 144 Nm of torque, while the turbo unit puts out a punchier 140PS and 220 Nm of torque.

The MG Astor gets a completely redesigned front end. Slimmer full-LED headlights, a new hexagonal grille with chrome accents and beefier bumpers are among the changes. Sharper LED taillamps, a conspicuous fake skid plate and new bumpers have all been added to the back. A new set of alloy wheels has been added as well. The MG Astor is one of the bigger SUVs in its league, so there’s always enough space and comfort for you and your family.

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