MG has introduced its new small hatchback, the MG3, at the Guangzhou auto show in China. But so far, parent company SAIC has not yet announced the car’s technical information.
It will be officially launched in March 2011, ahead of the next major Chinese car show in Shanghai in April. The MG3 was styled under the coordination of MG’s studio in the UK.
It appears to be a neat production development of the Zero concept car. With measurements of 4m long, 1.728m wide, and 1.517m tall, the MG3 is as long as a five-door Fiesta, but slightly narrower and taller.
The car is very “British” with the Union Jacks shown prominently on its stand and for personalization, it wears contrasting roof colors and numerous body stripes.
A report from China shows that it will be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol unit delivering 109bhp at 6000rpm, and 99lb ft at 4500rpm, enabling the MG3 to reach a top speed of 113mph. With these figures, it means that the car will rival the 1.4 petrol Fiesta.
It’s likely that the other engines in the line-up include a 1.3-litre petrol, with around 67bhp, a diesel and a turbocharged version of the 1.5 petrol, with 156bhp.
The car will be targeted at buyers aged between 18 and 28. Top-spec models will get a CD player-based sound system, but the rest will only offer a USB socket and maybe a solid-state memory-based MP3 player. [via autocar]