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23rd April, 2013
MG, the British-run Chinese-owned car maker, has used the Shanghai Motor
Show to preview their new MG 3 super-mini. The new model will be available in the UK and Europe later this year.
Carrying forward the styling cues first illustrated on the MG ZERO concept vehicle, the new MG 3 is a distinctive
statement of modern British style designed to target young and style conscious buyers, wanting something that’s fun to
drive and own.
This unique and contemporary style was brought to the super-mini segment by the design and engineering team at the MG
Birmingham site in Longbridge, England. The MG 3 will become the second in a new generation of MG vehicles to leave the
assembly line at the Birmingham factory.
At launch, customers will be able to personalise both the exterior and interior of this new super-mini MG making it
fun to buy and own, as well as the MG trademark of being fun to drive.
British Style fun
MG’s UK-based design team have given the new MG 3 a cheeky touch of flair from every viewing angle.
With a flash of style from the ‘hockey stick’ LED daytime running lights on every trim level, a full-width black mesh
grille, and black A-Pillar and ‘visor’ wraparound style windscreen, the MG 3 is unmistakable on the road.
The dual colour side skirts echo the design of the MG ZERO, lowering the stance of the car and hinting at just how
much fun the MG 3 could be to own. Diamond-cut, dual colour wheels give a real touch of class on the higher trim levels.
There is an echo of the fun and sportiness that lies at the heart of the MG brand. With a rear valance insert inspired
by generations of MG racing cars, a unique superelliptic tail pipe finished in chrome and a body-coloured tail spoiler,
the MG 3 looks distinctly sleek and sporty – a designer’s dream.
SPACE FOR FUN
Normally this is where the compromise comes on small sporty cars – but not with the MG 3. Fun, entertaining and easy
to live with, the MG 3 combines style and enjoyment with practical spaciousness. The designers and engineers have
combined to provide an exceptional amount of space and versatility in a very compact five-door package.
Extensive work from the MG Design and Engineering team on the architectural package has resulted in interior packaging
that rivals or surpasses anything in its class. In a 4m long package, the MG3 will easily accommodate four 6ft
individuals; a level of accommodation typically associated with larger cars that mirrors the spaciousness of the MG 6
The MG 3’s ‘rolled and raised’ front dashboard design provides an airy forward cabin space and increased legroom,
while allowing excellent access to primary and secondary controls. This theme is continued in the rear of the car, where
the front seats are sculpted to allow rear passengers excellent space to travel in comfort.
Class-leading rear headroom is another characteristic which sets the MG 3 apart. Many cars in this sector compromise
on interior space, particularly in the rear. But rear headroom in the MG 3 is more than generous.
FUN, FUN, FUN 3
Designed with the core value of being fun to drive, the MG 3 chassis has been honed from hundreds of thousands of
miles of testing on European roads. Intended to deliver impressive levels of body control, sharpness and a willingness to
corner to engage keen drivers, MG’s world class team of chassis engineers have also delivered sure footed handling and
impressive ride comfort. Together this makes the MG 3 suitable for every journey, from crowded urban routes, to flowing
British B-roads or cruising on a European motorway.
MY MG 3
In addition to a wide range of body colours a range of personalisation options will be available, allowing the MG 3 to
be tailored to the individual behind the wheel. Roof, side and bonnet graphics will allow owners to personalise their own
MG 3. Interior trims, wheels, vents, surrounds and mats will all be available in a choice of designs, colours and
finishes allowing buyers to make your MG3 truly personal.
KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY
MG's new car will be powered by a healthy 105PS version of the company's VTi-TECH petrol engine, joining the MG6
DTi-TECH and TCi-TECH engines in the European range. The dynamic and responsive VTi-TECH engine is matched to a 5-speed
manual transmission that makes this little car perfectly suited to nipping in and out of city traffic or enjoying a great
British B road.
Guy Jones, Sales & Marketing Director of MG Motor UK, said: “This new MG3 is a great package for the increasing
number of European customers looking for a stylish small car, that’s affordable and practical to own.”
It’s got a distinctive cheeky style and will be fun to buy, own and drive, yet still affordable for a wide range of
people. It’s the modern interpretation of a small fun MG and shows how we will take the essence of this iconic brand into
At just 4-metres long and with five doors, MG3 is really easy to drive and park and very practical. It has a
distinctive stance and the ‘hockey stick’ daylight running lights help give the MG 3 a front ‘face’ unlike any other
“The reaction to the MG3 has been extremely positive from both male and female customers and it will also mean that
MG dealers in Britain will soon have a second all-new model in the showrooms.”
Jones concluded: “This is a car that that MG enthusiasts and dealers across Europe have been waiting for, but more
significantly it will bring a whole new group of customers to the MG brand for the first time.”
MG 3 Early Specification Information
|Engine and Chassis|
||UNLEADED 95 RON|
|Overall Length (mm)
|Shoulder room (max)
||Legroom rear (max)
|Headroom rear (max)
|Shoulder room (max)