• Shailesh upadhyay

MG Astor interiors leaked ahead of late-2021 launch

A new set of spy images have revealed the interiors of the MG Motor India upcoming SUV, the MG Astor. The MG Astor is expected to launch in India later this and is the petrol-powered version of the MG ZS EV in its facelifted form.

2021 MG Astor interiors, features

The interiors are, as expected, carried over from the international spec MG ZS with the 10.1-inch infotainment system. The piano style buttons for the climate control functions are visible as is the gear-lever which replaces the rotary-style selector from the EV. The all-black cabin with silver highlights now carries a carbon-fibre weave mimicking finish to the dash. Also expected is a new semi-digital MID, as seen on the Gloster. Expect to see climate control, connected tech, a panoramic sunroof, an electronic handbrake and some form of driver assistance systems from the MG Gloster.

2021 MG Astor exterior, interior, features

India should get the petrol MG ZS or the Astor in its facelifted guise, as seen at the 2020 Auto Expo. When seen alongside the MG ZS EV, the revised ZS gets a redesigned front end. There are slimmer full-LED headlamps, a new hexagonal grille and chunkier bumpers. The rear has received a similar treatment with sharper LED taillamps, a prominent faux skid plate and new bumpers. A sharper set of alloy wheels have also been added.

2021 MG Astor engines, gearbox

The regular MG ZS, which the MG Astor will be derived from, can be had with three engine options in international markets. This is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol with 115PS/150 Nm. Two turbo petrol engines are on offer as well, there is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with 112PS/160 Nm and a 1.3-litre turbo with 126PS and 230 Nm. A six-speed manual and six-speed torque converter auto pair with these engines. We expect the N/A petrol to come here in manual as well as with the new CVT from the Hector while the turbo-petrol should get either the Hector's DCT or the international-spec AT.

2021 MG Astor production, expected price, rivals

The MG Astor is expected to be a volume seller for the brand, and the company expects this SUV to increase sales by up to 70 per cent. MG Motor India also hopes to fully utilize the available capacity of its Halol plant with this new SUV. When the MG Astor launches in India, expect it to undercut competitors like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Skoda Kushaq on price. The range from start from Rs 9 to 10 lakh ex-showroom. Image source: Team-BHP

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