Harry Leahey

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Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2024, the eagerly anticipated second-generation MG3 supermini has emerged aiming to unsettle stalwarts like the Renault Clio and Vauxhall Corsa. 


This latest iteration of the MG3 introduces a series of substantial advancements over its predecessor, marking over a decade since the launch of the original model.


At the heart of the new MG3 lies MG's inaugural venture into full-hybrid technology, the 'Hybrid Plus' powertrain, which mirrors the hybrid systems found in the Yaris and Clio E-Tech. 

This system combines a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, propelling the front wheels with a combined output of 192bhp and offering up to 250Nm of torque from the electric motor alone. The inclusion of a separate generator motor replenishes the vehicle's 1.83kWh battery or directly powers the e-motor as required. 

The powertrain is paired to a three-speed automatic transmission, enhancing responsiveness. MG says this powertrain not only achieves a commendable fuel efficiency of up to 64mpg and CO2 emissions of 100g/km but also allows for short-duration pure-electric driving up to 50mph. In addition, the electric motor alone generates 134bhp, taking the lead in acceleration until the petrol engine kicks in to sustain or increase the momentum.

Transitioning to the exterior, the MG3's design is both bold and aerodynamic. The front fascia is dominated by a massive grille, complemented by sizable air intakes and a 'carbon fibre' splitter. 

Inside, the MG3 showcases dual floating displays that echo the design found in the MG4. Every model features a seven-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen dominating the dashboard. Enhanced graphics and responsiveness are hallmarks of MG’s iSmart infotainment system. 

The interior is further accentuated by piano-style dashboard switches, a square steering wheel with additional controls, and a rotary gear selector.  In terms of space, the new MG3's dimensions have slightly increased, resulting in more room for passengers and a boot space expansion to 293 litres. 

The MG3 will be available in two trims: SE and Trophy. Even the base models are well-equipped, featuring dual displays, smartphone connectivity, navigation, air conditioning, multiple USB ports, and a comprehensive suite of driver assistance technologies. The higher-spec variants add luxury touches such as leather-style upholstery, keyless entry, and a 360-degree parking camera.

Pricing details for the UK market are anticipated to be released in March. While the outgoing MG3 model was among the most affordable options, starting at just over £14k, the advanced features of the new MG3 are expected to set the starting price between £18,000 and £20,000.

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Harry Leahey 27/02/24