Clearest spy pictures yet; on sale in UK in 2012
1 June 2010

These are the clearest spy images yet of the MG 3, a new supermini that will go on sale in China next year and could make it to the UK in 2012.

The small five-door hatch has neat, inoffensive styling - although it falls some way short of the racy Zero concept that was shown at the Beijing show.

See the interior and exterior pictures of the MG 3

The MG 3 will offer a choice of four-cylinder petrol engines: a 1.3 producing 67bhp, and a 107bhp 1.5. The standard gearbox is a five-speed manual, although the 1.5 will be offered — in China, at least — with an automatic option.

There will also be a diesel; MG owner SAIC is in discussions with a number of potential suppliers. The firm also has a turbocharged version of the 1.5 petrol; with 156bhp on tap, it could form the basis of a performance variant.

The interior looks rugged but spacious. The test car’s fascia keeps branding to a minimum, although an MG 3 logo is visible at the bottom of the steering wheel.

This car is a top-spec model; the giveaway is the CD player slot, because more lowly trim levels will get a solid-state memory-based MP3 player only. The car is aimed at buyers between 18 and 28 years of age; the iPod-like controls on the steering wheel reflect this.

Later next year SAIC will launch an MG 3 ‘cross’ - a version with extra body cladding. It will be a successor to the MG 3SW (Streetwise), a Rover 25-based model that is a big seller in China.

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1 June 2010

Hard to see what it will look like with all that camouflage. It all sounds good though!

1 June 2010

Interior looks hideous - let's hope that's nothing like what will go in there. That camouflage is surprisingly effective, every time I try and work out where the creases/bulges etc are it plays havoc with my eyesight. The profile's good though, still a lot of Swift in there (no bad thing). As long as it arrives with a half decent drivetrain and dynamics MG could be on to a "winner".

1 June 2010

[quote theonlydt]Interior looks hideous - let's hope that's nothing like what will go in there.[/quote] I hope it's pre-production... those shiny plastics would get a hammering from any motoring magazine! Looks like it might be alright though, providing they load it with kit and make it fun to drive!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

1 June 2010

Never mind the styling and quality of the plastic interiors, MG's have always been cheap and crude so this will be no different. What this car needs is a decent engine and gearbox which so far the details tell us it will be lubered with an underpowered engine and auto box. A Micra will be more sporty which is a real shame.

As SAIC who build this MG are also within an alliance with VW in China, maybe they could licence the TSI engine from the new Polo GTI and add a decent 6 speed manual to make a proper hot hatch. As it stands, this car has a similar spec to a 1983 Metro.

2 June 2010

You can't really see it in this set of pics, but the dashboard reminds me of the original Ford Fusion

2 June 2010

[quote Autocar]These are the clearest spy images yet of the MG 3, a new supermini that will go on sale in China next year and could make it to the UK in 2012.

The small five-door hatch has neat, inoffensive styling - although it falls some way short of the racy Zero concept that was shown at the Beijing show.

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Bugger off, MG, you haven't made a decent car since the 60s - no-one wants you back, less still making a tarted-up Hyundai I10 lookalike like this. Go back to the drawing board, stop designing for the Chinese, who have no imagination, and start designing like you intend to compete seriously in Europe in the 'desirable sporty supermini' sector.

In the meantime, mine's a Swift, thanks. Or a MiTo with the front numberplate re-mounted centrally.

3 June 2010

[quote MattDB]

Never mind the styling and quality of the plastic interiors, MG's have always been cheap and crude so this will be no different. What this car needs is a decent engine and gearbox which so far the details tell us it will be lubered with an underpowered engine and auto box. A Micra will be more sporty which is a real shame.

As SAIC who build this MG are also within an alliance with VW in China, maybe they could licence the TSI engine from the new Polo GTI and add a decent 6 speed manual to make a proper hot hatch. As it stands, this car has a similar spec to a 1983 Metro.

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First They have not always had cheap interiors, thae cheap interiors were basically down to no money in the Phoenix era. All car makers are now making smaller petrol engines, the small diesel you see in similar cars cost around £950 more to produce per unit than a similar sized petrol engine.

A Micra more sporty ? no i don't think so!

A VW TSI engine? 6 speed gearbox from......Renault maybe? or maybe from GM ? well Toyota then?

As irt stands the car is a comouflaged pre production car which will, even in full production for the Chinese market be improved upon before it comes to the UK.

If you like it's a development hack for the Chinese market which will have better suspension, better plastics and options for better engines before it comes to or is assembled in the UK

Why do you feel the need th rubbish things when it's simply uncalled for

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