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MG3 – New Details Released

By raccars Published

Those looking for a new supermini would be wise to hang on until this autumn's release of the new MG3. The Birmingham based car came out of the updated SAIC design centre and while initial engineering will take place in China, assembly will be completed at MG's Longbridge plant.

The supermini is campaigning on a very appealing sub-£10,000 list price and its massive range of personalisation options. The basic set up includes three levels of trim, a 10 strong paint palette with funky named colourways, such as 'Hello Yellow,' 'Cherry Bomb' and Orange Marmalade,' plus a range of 10 different graphics packages, with decals such as RAF roundels.

The MG3 is already on sale in China in a more basic form but the plusher, European version was shown at April's Shanghai Motor Show. MG is hoping the 3 will help it to regain its former major league brand status in the UK. There were similar aspirations for the MG6, but disappointing sales have led MG to pin its hopes on the more dynamic supermini market segment. The brand is certainly on message with the customisation trend, a feature offered by all of the MG3's main rivals, such as the Fiat 500, Vauxhall Adam and of course the Mini. The five door, Ford Fiesta sized MG3 is slightly cheaper than the competition, which MG is expecting to boost sales volumes.

Along with the extensive exterior and interior trim options and multiple wheel designs, the MG3 will come with a 1.5 litre petrol engine, which returns 104bhp and has been extensively tuned for UK roads. Although the styling is sporty, 0-62mph apparently just breaches the 11 second point and the top speed is 110mph, with exact fuel consumption figures yet to be revealed. More engine choices are expected to arrive later on.

All models will come with a five speed manual gearbox, fashionable ticked up front bumper DRLs, visor effect wraparound windscreen, automatic wipers and headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary USB inputs, air conditioning and a DAB radio. Higher trim levels get diamond cut 16 inch alloy wheels, MG branded headlights, extended door sills and chromed exhaust exits, while the usual optional extras are available, such as hill start assist.

More details are on the way but for now, the MG3 is on display at next week's MG Live! Event at Silverstone and the Birmingham Made Me Design Expo 2013 and demo models are due to be available in UK showrooms in September.

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