MG India launched the all-new Astor SUV in India. How does one go about building a premium SUV that’s considered as an alternative? That’s an important question to consider when looking at the new MG Astor car from a business perspective – but more importantly, would it fit into your lifestyle? The popular segment already includes some great contenders, such as the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos .
MG recently announced that it will release a completely new variant of its Astor SUV, featuring an advanced driving assistance system (ADAS). The announcement indicates the brand has every intention of realizing its promise to respond to market demand for safer vehicles, even if it’s upcoming technology is not yet commonplace among sport utility vehicles.
Soon, you’ll be able to get your hands on the new range-topping “Savvy” variant – which borrows the features of its Sharp variant sibling but also adds in some innovative ADAS functions on top.
The Astor is currently available for between 9.78 lakh and 16.78 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India), depending on which trim you go for: Style, Super, Smart or Sharp. MG is targeting to sell about 5,000 units of the Astor in the current year; The deliveries of these vehicles are expected to begin in November 2021. It has been seen that bookings for this vehicle will begin from October 21st.
All about MG Astor Savvy:
The Savvy variant of MG Astor includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pilot Assist for keeping you between the lines when you’re cruising along the highway, High-Beam Assist for keeping headlights from blinding oncoming traffic (especially at night), Blind-Spot Monitoring for alerting you when another vehicle enters your blind spot in these instances.
The Lane Keep Assist and Front Collision Warning systems will vibrate the steering wheel and brake if they sense you drifting or crossing a lane boundary. The ADAS in addition to these safety technologies also comes with an Automatic Emergency Braking feature that takes things a step further by braking when it senses interceding is necessary to avoid impacting another vehicle ahead.
It’s comforting to know that the MG Astor takes safety seriously. It comes with an airbag system that features six airbags including side curtain airbags, front seat-mounted torso airbags, and knee airbags. Other safety features are LED headlamps with automatic cornering light control, rain-sensing wipers, electronic stability control, traction control, hill descent control, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), all four disc brakes.
The MG Astor also comes equipped with a 10.1 inch touchscreen infotainment system which offers access to connected car technology where the user can take advantage of his personal AI-assistant in the shape of a screen for communicating or controlling according to his wishes various functions of the vehicle via different means such as vocal command or touching certain points on the screen interface.
The MG Astor Savvy is powered by 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol and 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engines, while the 2WD variant is also available with both these engines in a 4WD configuration. The more powerful (140PS/220Nm) unit can be paired with either of the same transmission options on offer for the less potent motor – 6-speed manual and CVT units on either version of the engine offer slightly differing power outputs of 130 PS (110 PS + 20 PS on overboost) on the naturally aspirated (1.5-litre) unit, or 140 PS (110 PS + 30 PS on overboost) on the turbocharged motor respectively, teamed to torque converter automatics.
The MG Astor is a compact SUV that falls within the spectrum of vehicles that also contain models such as the Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks, Volkswagen Taigun, Renault Duster, Skoda Kushaq and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and Hyundai Creta.