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NEW DELHI: The Indian premium SUV market is getting hotter by the day. Following the launch of Kushaq by Skoda and Taigun by Volkswagen, another new entrant — Astor by MG Motor — has come to challenge the dominance of market leaders Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos in one of the country’s best-selling segments.
The Astor, which comes only with a petrol option, has been launched with an aggressive entry price of Rs 9.8 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the 1.5-litre engine, and marks MG’s entry into the heart of the Indian car market. The top-end automatic version of the vehicle, that sports a 1.3-litre turbo engine, comes for Rs 16.8 lakh.

MG Motor, a subsidiary of Chinese SAIC, currently sells the bigger and morepremium Hector SUV, which was launched in 2019, and the ZS electric (Astor shares its platform with the green car).
MG has been working on a series of new cars for the Indian market but has been handicapped by the constraint it faces in production capacity. The company has an annual capacity of 80,000 cars at its Halol factory.



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