Imagine a car that tells you when to stop, where to park? Answer all your questions and also tell jokes. Yes, MG Motor has brought the MG Astor SUV to India, which comes with similar features. If seen, this is the petrol version of MG’s ZS EV, but the company says that this SUV has been given many such features which are not in any other vehicle in the segment. Equipped with Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Level 2, this SUV directly competes with vehicles like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Tata Harrier. We have driven this car on the Buddh International Circuit and tested all its autonomous features. So let’s know how this car is different from the rest.
Personas AI Assistant
The company claims that this is the first car in the country to come with a personal AI assistant. It understands more than 35 Hinglish commands. Being linked to Wikipedia, it gives you answers to all the important questions. You can even ask him to tell jokes and open the sunroof. The special thing is that the side on which you sit and command it, the eyes given in it see you on that side.
Such is its exterior
MG Astor is a very tall and wide SUV. However, its height and wheelbase are a bit low. At the front, it has a large grille, which has many lines of chrome. Full LED headlamps and eyebrow shaped DRLs have been given in the SUV. Foglamps and black bumper are available at the bottom. The side profile has been kept quite clean and simple. It gets dual tone 17-inch alloy wheels. Also, badging of Brit Dynamic and AI Inside is available. Turn indicators are also available on the black ORVMs. The LED taillamps at the rear, dual exhaust design with chrome on the rear bumper, and the big badging of the Astor get. The special thing is that by pressing the MG logo written on the back, the boot opens.
Interior also feels premium
The company has made a good effort to make the interior premium by using dual tone red-black color theme and soft touch materials. The first look goes to the AI assistant placed on the dashboard. Just below it is a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The screen is very easy to use. The SUV gets a 7-inch digital display, which you can control through the buttons on the steering wheel. It has a 360 degree camera and a panoramic sunroof. Camera quality could have been better. Apart from this, you get keyless entry, push-button start, auto headlamps, automatic climate control, rear AC vents and 6-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat.
autonomous level 2 Features
MG Astor is the first SUV in the segment, which will come with ADAS i.e. Advanced Driver Assistant System feature. The Autonomous Level 2 technology found in it helps in ensuring safe driving. It includes features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Drive Assist (RDA), Lane Departure Prevention, Intelligent Headlamp Control (IHC) and Speed Assist System. The company says that these functions give safe and comfortable driving. The car runs at the same speed you set through adaptive cruise control. In the event of a vehicle coming in front, the SUV automatically adjusts the speed and also does braking. The Lane Departure Assist feature keeps your vehicle within a lane. This feature works at a speed of more than 60kmph. Even if you let go of the steering for 20 seconds, the SUV will still remain in the middle of the lane.
Engine and performance
The company has given the option of two petrol engines – 1.5 liter petrol and 1.3 liter turbo petrol. The 1.5 liter petrol engine generates 110bhp power and 144Nm torque. It comes with 5 speed manual and CVT transmission options. At the same time, the 1.3 liter turbo petrol engine generates power of 1401bhp and torque of 220Nm. This engine is available only with 6 speed automatic transmission. You don’t get a diesel engine option in the SUV, which may disappoint some customers. The performance of the car is quite smooth. City commuting or highway, it will not give you a chance to complain. For safety, apart from ADAS, you get 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, electronic stability program, traction control system, hill hold control, hill descent control, emergency stop signal and 4 disc brakes.
The autonomous features of MG Astor are really amazing. It is not driverless, but it is enough to make the driver’s journey smooth and safe. The build quality of the car, the exterior styling and the premiumness of the interior are also second to none. The lack of a diesel engine option in the car is a bit disappointing. How much this car will entice customers, it depends on what price the company will launch it. We are expecting the car to be priced between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 17 lakh.