The SUVs have a brand-new front end, with new bumpers and headlights.
A refreshed version of the ZS electric vehicle and an updated version of the Astor sport utility vehicle have been unveiled by MG for sale in overseas markets. Both cars share a striking resemblance to the MG VS hybrid SUV on sale in Thailand, with which they share a number of exterior design cues. There has been no announcement regarding the availability of these models in India.
- ZS EV, Astor facelifts feature new grille and headlamps
- Expected to retain same powertrains as current versions
MG Astor, ZS EV facelifts: exterior design
The updated MG ZS EV and Astor have an entirely new front fascia than the current generation, which includes new grille and headlight designs. The new bumper’s front features a distinct diamond pattern, and it also has huge intakes on the sides. There is no discernible difference between the two models from the side, and the only external change is the look of the alloy wheels. The refreshed ZS EV and Astor don’t deviate too much from the original in the back, though.
MG Astor, ZS EV facelifts: expected powertrains
Even though the updated ZS EV and Astor are derived from the hybrid-powered VS sold in Thailand, information on their drivetrain remains scarce. It is anticipated, however, that the ZS EV refresh would retain the same 50.3kWh battery pack as the present model, which has a stated range of 461km. This vehicle will most likely be propelled by the same 176 hp, 280 Nm of torque-producing electric motor installed in the front axle.
The 110hp, 144Nm, 1.5-liter normally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine and the 140hp, 220Nm, 1.3-liter three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine are likely to survive the Astor revamp, just as they did the ZS EV.
Specs & Features
The side profile is largely unchanged, though some brand-new, incredibly futuristic-looking aerodynamic wheels exist. Nothing has been shown of the interior, but some have speculated that it may take cues from the MG 4 EV. You can count on a smooth and uncluttered layout, free of knobs and buttons and dominated by a massive touchscreen.
The likely continuation of the current model’s 50.3 kWh battery and single motor producing 174 bhp and 280 Nm. A date for the product’s introduction has not been determined. So, these modifications will first appear in the ASEAN markets, then India. Astor will very likely also undergo these modifications. Meanwhile, at the 2023 Auto Expo, MG will most likely introduce the Air EV, a micro electric car that will expand the company’s offerings in India.
MG India’s upcoming plans
The company is getting ready to unveil the updated Hector in India next month. In addition to the ZS EV, MG will also introduce the Air compact city car, which will be the company’s second electric vehicle.