Set to go on sale in the UK this summer, the European version of the MG3 supermini was recently unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show. The MG3 is much more stylised than the car’s Chinese version as it is more similar to the appearance of the critically praised MG Zero concept on which it is based. MG UK sales and marketing boss Guy Jones said that the company considered it vital for the design to be more obvious.
He said that this model is likely to go up against the Vauxhall Adam, Citroen DS3 and Mini. There will be more "substantial" interior and exterior customisation options available to the buyers. Jones didn’t announce the car’s pricing yet but sources said that it will cost from about £10,000 to £16,000.
It will be offered as a five-door vehicle and will exclusively come with the company’s 104bhp, four cylinder petrol engine and five-speed manual from the start. It will be offered with three trim levels: TS1, TS2 and TS3.
Jones also said that there’s no rush to offer diesel variants since there’s a small share for this type. The higher two trim levels will have more attractive features compared to those of its rivals, as with the MG6. The interior of the car seen at the Shanghai isn’t visible but according to sources, it will have a more upmarket appearance than the cabin used in the car meant for the Chinese market.