|MG 3 SW|
|Manufacturer||MG Motor (SAIC Motor)|
|Assembly||Pukou, Nanjing, China|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||1.4 L N-Series I4 (petrol)
1.8 L N-Series I4 (petrol)
The MG 3 is a supermini car produced by the Chinese company MG Motor under the MG marque in two generations from 2008 onwards. The first generation, marketed as the MG 3 SW, is based on the British-made Rover Streetwise, which itself was similar to the Rover 25, while the second generation is marketed simply as the MG 3 and is based on a new platform.
The first generation MG 3 SW is essentially a rebadged Rover Streetwise, which ceased production in April 2005 after the bankruptcy of predecessor organisation MG Rover. It started production in 2008 at SAIC's Chinese factory in Pukou, Nanjing.
The MG 3 SW is only on sale in the Chinese market and cannot be exported by SAIC.
2013–present (United Kingdom)
|Assembly||Pukou, Nanjing, China
Longbridge, United Kingdom
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Engine||1.3 L I4 (petrol)
1.5 L I4 (petrol)
|Wheelbase||2,520 mm (99.2 in)|
|Length||3,999 mm (157.4 in)
4,079 mm (160.6 in) (Xross)
|Width||1,728 mm (68.0 in)
1,739 mm (68.5 in) (Xross)
|Height||1,517 mm (59.7 in)
1,528 mm (60.2 in) (Xross)
The new MG 3 was showcased at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show in the form of the MG Zero concept car. The new model uses an all-new automotive platform with a wheelbase of 2.5 m, featuring MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear axle, and is powered by the GM Small Gasoline Engine. The development work took place in the United Kingdom, with production initially in China. The car went on sale in China in the spring of 2011. Engine options at launch consist of a choice of 1.3 (1343 cc) and 1.5-litre (1498 cc), rated at 68 kW (91 bhp) and 80 kW (107 bhp) respectively, with either a five-speed manual transmission or an Italian AMT transmission called e-shift. A promised 1.5-litre Turbo petrol engine producing 165 hp (123 kW) has yet to be launched.
MG 3 Xross
The second generation MG 3 is also available in a crossover-style variant (similar to the Rover Streetwise and MG 3 SW), known as the MG 3 Xross. The Xross is only available with the 80 kW (107 hp) 1.5-litre engine.
European MG 3
A facelifted version of the MG 3, with a revised front design, was announced in the spring of 2013, with sales in the UK commencing in September of 2013, but only with the 1.5-litre 105 hp (78 kW) engine option. It will be built for Europe at the Longbridge plant in Birmingham alongside the larger MG6. Pricing for the MG 3 begins at £8,459 up to £9,999 with optional extras on top. The car has received positive reviews from the press with the most slated part of the car being the single 1.5 engine choice at launch.
The UK MG 3 is available with the following engine:
|Model||Engine||Displacement||Power||Torque||0-60 mph||CO2 emissions|
|1.5 VTi-Tech||I4||1,498 cc||106 PS (78 kW; 105 hp) at 6,000 rpm||137 N·m (101 lb·ft) at 4,750 rpm||10.4s||136 g/km|
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|MG road car timeline, 2000s–present|
|Supermini||MG 3 SW||MG 3|
|Compact car||MG ZR||MG 350*|
|Family car||MG ZS||MG 6|
|Executive car||MG ZT||MG 7|
|Roadster||MG F||MG TF||MG TF|
|Supercar||MG XPower SV|
|Note||*Roewe models sold under the MG nameplate in South America|