The five-door MG 3 went on sale in China last year, and is undergoing a series of revisions to make it more suited to European tastes

The MG 3 supermini will be given a new front-end design in time for its arrival in the UK. This UK registered test car was spied testing in southern Europe, and is our first look at the entry-level MG ahead of its expected UK arrival in 2013.

The five-door MG 3 went on sale in China last year, and is undergoing a series of revisions to make it more suited to European tastes. These include chassis tweaks and interior quality and spec improvements, as well as some added finesse to the styling.

At just under four metres long, 1728mm wide and 1517mm tall, the MG 3 is as long as a five-door Ford Fiesta but slightly narrower and taller. It has been designed at the Longbridge design studio of MG Motor’s parent company, SAIC.

Engine options are less clear at present, but are expected to include 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre petrols at launch, with a new range of smaller turbocharged engines currently in development alongside General Motors due to follow around a year after launch. 

SAIC is also understood to be in talks with potential partners over supplying a diesel.

 

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27 July 2012

on the M42 yeatsrday, looks pretty good and drew no attention, probably due to lack of wallpaper disguise.

27 July 2012

devil's advocate wrote:

on the M42 yeatsrday, looks pretty good and drew no attention, probably due to lack of wallpaper disguise.

 

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27 July 2012

If they price it right and get their timing correct, MG could be onto a little winner. On paper their rivals seem like Hyundai/Kia/Skoda etc, but since they've pushed up into the mainstream now, MG should be eyeing Dacia as their target and aiming to hit the market at the same time.

Many are expecting Dacia to hit the ground running when it launches, but if MG can match them on price, their greater visibilty and sportier edge could see them prove worthwhile competitors...

27 July 2012

Ollieo wrote:

Many are expecting Dacia to hit the ground running when it launches, but if MG can match them on price, their greater visibilty and sportier edge could see them prove worthwhile competitors...

Have you been to Europe recently?  Dacias are not going to hit the ground running, they are entering the 100 metres, if you forgive the Olympic synonym.

I fear that the MG3 will become the new Allegro or given it’s tall, narrow design the new Reliant Kitten (the four wheeled version of the Robin), remember them?

 

27 July 2012

We will still be "bovvered" come 2013 when a 'MG' comes onto the market? ... Too little, too late ...

27 July 2012

So i'd expect to see this at every independent car garage in Birmingham... as the courtesy car of choice.

27 July 2012

Tall and narrow isnt the best way to start if you want great handling, and as its an MG it should have great handling as part of being a sporty car.

I think it would be wise to re introduce the Austin badge for base models. As an Austin being a sporty drive would be less important. And surely most people in this market dont want sporty, they want a well made functional family car.

They could still sell MG versions too, but only with the more powerful  engines. Otherwise they risk devaluing the MG name

27 July 2012

Its horrible, generic and could be any car in the sector, its going to bomb just like the current MG's that are allegedly on sale, I havent seen any yet..It looks the perfect car to reignite the love affair with Roewe/MG and the blue rinse, cloth cap brigade..

 

28 July 2012

Citytiger wrote:

Its horrible, generic and could be any car in the sector, its going to bomb just like the current MG's that are allegedly on sale, I havent seen any yet..It looks the perfect car to reignite the love affair with Roewe/MG and the blue rinse, cloth cap brigade..

 

Totally Agree.  It looks like a refreshed version of the City Rover.  In the UK most car buyers would recognise MG as the tarnished image that MG/Rover created.  This brand needs to go to sleep for 50 years so the stigma goes.  Then you can possibly sell it to a new customer base.  I haven't seen a single new MG since the chinese relaunched it, which shows how wide the sales reach.  Where do you even buy one from?  The postoffice?

27 July 2012

Pathetic and rubbish.

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