MG Motor unveils Astor

MG Motor India has unveiled MG Astor, which it claims to be the country’s first SUV with personal AI assistant and first-in-segment Autonomous (Level 2) technology.

Based on MG’s design philosophy of Emotional Dynamism, Astor’s contemporary style will connect with consumers, said a press release.

The personal AI assistant depicts human-like emotions and voice. Paralympic athlete Deepa Malik has lent her voice to the personal AI assistant, thereby humanising the experience.

The AI technology in Astor is developed around MG’s vision of Car-as-a-Platform (CAAP) of possibilities, which will enable the users to personalise the services as per their requirements.

The SUV has a prominent bold celestial grille that makes a solid on-road impression. It poses an elegant and ready-for-action stance with a classic leopard jump shoulder line. Astor’s nine crystal diamond elements in the LED headlamps make for a distinct hawk-eye expression with precise details, said the release.

The interiors are elegantly crafted with soft-touch and premium material. It will be coming in two engine options – the Brit Dynamic 220 turbo petrol engine with a six-speed AT delivering 220Nm of torque and 140ps of power. The other is the VTi Tech petrol engine with a manual transmission and an eight-speed CVT, delivering 144Nm of torque and 110ps of power.

Speaking on the unveiling of Astor, Mr Rajeev Chaba, President and MD, MG Motor India, said, “We have introduced several industry-firsts with our SUVs to the Indian automotive market. This time we have Autonomous (Level 2), MG Astor, with a personal AI assistant. With its elegant exteriors, luxurious interiors, and futuristic technology, we believe that Astor is a desirable package that will strike a chord with the customers.”