A crossover version of the MG 3, to be known as the Xross, has been unveiled at Guangzhou auto show

These pictures show the MG 3 Xross, a new crossover version of MG’s hatchback that was unveiled at the Guangzhou auto show in China this week.

The front-wheel drive MG3 Xross on display at the show featured a 1.5-litre, 16-valve VTi engine that can come mated to a five-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

Although the regular version of the MG3 – which Autocar sampled in pre-production form earlier this year – is available in China with a 1.3-litre powerplant, it seems it will not be offered in the Xross.

The engine produces 107bhp at 6000rpm and 99lb ft at 4500rpm. The manual car has a top speed of 113mph and returns a claimed 43mpg, while the auto version can hit 111mph and offers 42mpg.

The five-seat Xross is 4079mm long, 1739mm wide and 1528mm high, which makes it 80mm longer than a regular MG3, 11mm wider and 11mm higher. Both versions share a 2520mm wheelbase.

The new crossover version has roof rails, plus bolder front-end styling than the base car, with black plastic side mouldings running the length of the body, wheel rims and bumpers.

Bootspace is 256 litres with the rear seats up, and 938 litres with the seat down. The show car rides on 16-inch wheels.

There’s no word on European availability, but the standard MG 3 isn’t expected to arrive here until 2012.

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