The MG3 will be offered with a range of customisation options and a 1.5-litre petrol engine
Jim Holder
20 April 2013

The European version of the MG3 supermini that will go on sale in the UK this summer has been revealed at the Shanghai motor show.

The MG3 is a more heavily stylised than the Chinese version of the car, drawing more extensively on the looks of the critically acclaimed MG Zero concept on which it is based.

"It was important to us that the design shone through," said MG UK sales and marketing boss Guy Jones. "We plan to fight for sales with the likes if the Vauxhall Adam, Citroen DS3 and Mini." As a result of this, buyers will be offered "substantial" interior and exterior customisation options.

Jones declined to give an indication of price for the car, saying it was still being set, but insiders suggest it will start from around £10,000 and rise to £16,000.

It will be sold as a five door, and only with the firm's 104bhp, four cylinder petrol engine and five-speed manual initially. There will be three trim levels: TS1, TS2 and TS3.

"The share of sales for diesels of autos is small, so we see no rush to go there," said Jones, who confirmed the higher two trim levels wil be generously equipped compared to its rivals, as with the MG6.

The car in display in Shanghai does not have a visible interior, however. MG insiders have confirmed it will feature a more upmarket look than the cabin fitted in the Chinese market car.

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20 April 2013

The little changes to the outside are good, though the car could still be more stylish still. I hope the interior changes are as significant as they suggest. They need to be!

They won't challenge the Mini or other premium supermini though. Better to challenge cheaper rivals first obviously.

20 April 2013

Not having a diesel won't really matter in this segment, but are they planning on having other, smaller petrol engines?

 

 

20 April 2013

Looks a bit basic and dated from the pictures. That would mean its closest rival is the Dacia Sandero, and I think they are going to struggle to match the Dacia price.

20 April 2013

Why do you see it as a Dacia competitor from 2 pictures? I think yu should elaborate on your point.....

20 April 2013

I think it looks great! It has Z car DNA and a certain niche flair.

Im  little underwhelmed by the engine choice but it will still be high on my list as next car choice, well as long as it drives and handles as an MG should.

I dont understand why it has been likened to a Dacia Sandero? The company themselves pitch it against Mini and DS3!

And yes, MG are currently working on a range of new engines with GM. These are small capacity turbo engines.

Oh and lastly, it puts out more power than the Vauxhall Adam.

21 April 2013

MG will need to have a few more dealerships before I, for one, would ever consider buying any of their cars.  I can honestly say that, in the last year, I've seen one MG6 and that might have been an Avis Rent-A-Car.  One dealer I knew seems to have given up the marque, so it doesn't inspire much confidence that MG will be able to supply and service this, or any other, model.  MG seem to be doing well in the BTCC, but any positives will come to nothing if prospective owners can't see, or try, their cars because no-one appears to sell them.

21 April 2013

More dealerships will open as more people buy the cars.

If you like it - buy it, its as simple as that - you only live once.

21 April 2013

Another British name stolen by foreigners.  The cars are only assembled in Britain by a handful of workers.  Sorry to be unkind to my fellow British workers, but I hope this car company fails miserably, and fails quickly.

21 April 2013

Why do you hope that? It seems a very strange and negative statement.

The company wasnt stolen by foreigners - it was bought as a bankrupt UK business for £100miliion. I think it is to their credit that they have kept the UK site open as their global desin and engineering centre. Also, the centre of their European assembly and logistics projects. As the business grows, they will employ more and more people at the Longbridge site.

It is also to their credit that they are still building good looking cars that are still winning in motorsports races and have classy handling and roadholding abilities for the average consumer.

The motor industry has gone global mate, you should get used to it and stop making bitter statements on the internet.

21 April 2013

martin_66 wrote:

Another British name stolen by foreigners.  The cars are only assembled in Britain by a handful of workers.  Sorry to be unkind to my fellow British workers, but I hope this car company fails miserably, and fails quickly.

Martin, your attitude to 'foreigners' is a disgrace and at worst racist.  You are probably also a hypocrite! Please tell us all what you drive?

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