MG Astor will soon get a facelift with new tech features and spruced up styling. A teaser image issued recently hints at an imminent launch
It looks like MG Motor India is all set to launch a minor facelift of the Astor. The fact that the carmaker has been teasing the upcoming model on its social media channels is clear hint at an imminent launch. The new 2023 version is likely to get a handful of new tech features. In fact, it could even feature minor improvements to its aesthetics. Akin to the current model, the updated version will lock horns with the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the likes.
2023 MG Astor Facelift – What to Expect?
The updated model is likely to borrow features from the company’s popular models like Hector. In the teasers, MG Motors is calling the Astor the “most advanced SUV in its class”. In line with this, the facelift is expected to feature a handful of segment-first features that could give it a clear edge over the competition.
As per reports, the 2023 MG Astor facelift won’t feature significant cosmetic updates. However, the handful of minor revisions should be enough to spruce up the looks. The interior, though, will receive some major changes. These includes a new instrument cluster, an electric hatch-door, intelligent turn signals, an auto lock/unlock function, and ambient lighting. Additionally, the five-seater SUV is highly likely to get an XL-size 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system from the Hector. The updated touchscreen display will support wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It will also run on a new OS and have a refreshed interface. More details of the updated version are likely to emerge soon.
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The specifications will likely remain untouched. The Hyundai Creta-rivalling mid-size SUV will continue to offer a 1.5-litre NA petrol engine that produces 108 bhp of power and 144 Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a five-speed MT and a CVT. The company will also offer the updated 2023 MG Astor with a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine that outputs 138 bhp of power and 220 Nm of torque. It will be paired with a six-speed AT transmission. Currently, the MG Astor is priced in India at Rs 10.82 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base variant. The top-end model costs up to Rs 18.69 lakh (ex-showroom). As is understandable, the facelift will could cost slightly more.
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What We Think
The MG Astor has been a decent option for the tech-savvy car buyers in the market for a sufficiently spacious, comfortable and powerful mid-size SUV. Bits like ADAS and connected car technology has helped the ZS-based offering hold an edge over most of the rivals. However, with the updated version of Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta almost knocking at our doorsteps, the advent of the refreshed Astor should help it maintain its popularity. So, basically, the revised styling and the additional features will ensure the Astor continues to enjoy its current set of strengths over immediate competition.