MG 3 (automobile)

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MG 3
MG3 Exclusive registered January 2019 1498cc (cropped).jpg
2019 MG 3 (United Kingdom)
ManufacturerMG Motor (Nanjing/SAIC)
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact (B)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PredecessorMG ZR
Rover 200 / 25

The MG 3 is a subcompact car produced by the Chinese automotive company SAIC. The first generation, marketed as the MG 3 SW, is based on the British made Rover Streetwise, which itself was based on the Rover 25, while the second generation, introduced in 2011 is marketed simply as the MG 3. It is the most popular Chinese manufactured car currently on sale in the United Kingdom.

First generation (2008-2011)[edit]

First generation
China MG 3 2010 StreetWise.jpg
ManufacturerNanjing Automobile
AssemblyChina: Pukou, Nanjing (Nanjing Automobile)
Body and chassis
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
RelatedRover Streetwise
Wheelbase2,500 mm (98.4 in)
Length3,980 mm (156.7 in)
Width1,736 mm (68.3 in)
Height1,495 mm (58.9 in)


Rear view (China)

The first generation MG 3 SW is essentially a rebadged version of the Rover Streetwise, which had 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.[1][2] The MG 3 SW is only on sale in China, and cannot be exported by SAIC.[3]


Petrol engines
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Top Speed 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) CO
1.4 N/K-Series I4 1,396 cc 76 kW (103 PS; 102 hp) at 6,000 rpm 123 N⋅m (91 lb⋅ft) at 4,500 rpm 115 mph (185 km/h) 9.7s ___ g/km

Second generation (2011–present)[edit]

Second generation
MG 3 II 01 China 2012-04-22.JPG
ManufacturerSAIC Motor
AssemblyChina: Pukou, Nanjing (Nanjing Automobile)
United Kingdom: Longbridge, Birmingham (all parts, until 2016)
Thailand: Laem Chabang (SAIC-CP)
DesignerAnthony Williams-Kenny
Body and chassis
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
  • 1.3 13S4C VTi Tech I4 (petrol)
  • 1.5 15S4C VTi Tech I4 petrol
  • 1.5 15S4C VTi Tech I4 FFV petrol (Thailand)
Transmission5-speed manual
5-speed MG AMT SeleMatic automated manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,520 mm (99.2 in)
Length4,018–4,079 mm (158.2–160.6 in)
Width1,728–1,739 mm (68.0–68.5 in)
Height1,507–1,528 mm (59.3–60.2 in)
Rear view (pre facelift, China)

The new MG 3 was shown 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. The development work took place in the United Kingdom, with production initially in China.[4]

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.[5]

The MG3 supermini has low insurance (group 4E) and over a million personalisation options. In Thailand, MG3 and Xross were launched on 18 March 2015. It has a lower price than other cars in the same segment but equipped with more features, such as Moonroof and ESP.

MG 3 Xross[edit]

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.[6] The Xross is only available with the 80 kW (107 hp) 1.5 litre engine.

Pre-facelift (2013)[edit]

The British MG 3 with a slightly different body kit, alloys and LED daytime running lights.

A restyled version of the MG 3, with a revised front design, was announced in the spring of 2013, with sales in the United Kingdom beginning in September 2013, but only with the 1.5 litre 105 hp (78 kW) engine option.[7]

It was claimed that it would be built for Europe at the Longbridge plant in Birmingham alongside the larger MG6. The MG 3 was assembled there from 2014 until 2016.[8][9]

For 2016, the MG3 received several alterations to improve it: the installation of an EU 6 derivative of the standard 1.5-litre engine, developed by SAIC Motor UK, a stop start was fitted, and two-tone colour schemes, primarily on the red and yellow MG3's which can have either a black or white roof, were offered as options


The MG 3 is only available with a 1.5L Engine, which has received an EU 6 upgrade to reduce emissions, and also the addition of stop start.

Petrol engines
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Top Speed 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) CO
1.3 VTi Tech I4 1,343 cc 93 PS (68 kW; 92 hp) at 6,000 rpm 118 N⋅m (87 lb⋅ft) at 5,000 rpm 111 mph (179 km/h) __._s ___ g/km
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 4,500 rpm 113 mph (182 km/h) 10.4s 136 g/km
1.5 VTi Tech EU 6 I4 1,498 cc 106 PS (78 kW; 105 hp) at 6,000 rpm 137 N⋅m (101 lb⋅ft) at 4,500 rpm 113 mph (182 km/h) 10.4s 124 g/km

Second facelift (2018)[edit]

MG 3 2018 Facelift (front)
MG 3 2018 Facelift (rear)

The MG 3 was revised in 2018 with a facelift to the exterior and a new interior.[10] The interior redesign now includes space for an eight-inch touchscreen unit, which is fitted as standard to some models. The 1.5-litre engine received minor modifications to bring it up to EU 6D standards, and now rated at 140g/km for CO

Chinese models are available with a slightly more powerful 1.5 litre engine option mated to a four speed automatic gearbox.[11] In Thailand, the MG 3 was launched since the 21 June 2018. The models were only in 1.5L engine and four speed automatic. Transmission included 1.5 C, 1.5 D, 1.5 X Sunroof and 1.5 V Sunroof. In Brunei, the MG 3 was launched since the middle of 2019. The models were only in 1.5L engine and four speed automatic. Transmission included Core and Excite.

Petrol engines
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Top Speed 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) CO
1.5 VTi Tech EU 6D I4 1,498 cc 106 PS (78 kW; 105 hp) at 6,000 rpm 137 N⋅m (101 lb⋅ft) at 4,500 rpm 113 mph (182 km/h) 10.4s 140 g/km
1.5 VTi Tech Auto (15S4C) I4 1,498 cc 111 PS (82 kW; 109 hp) at 6,000 rpm 150 N⋅m (111 lb⋅ft) at 4,500 rpm


The MG 3 has been rated by ANCAP for 2018 as below while it is also loaded with a lot of up to date safety features. Some important safety features include six airbags, passenger air bag cut off switch,  emergency braking assistance, electronic stability program, active cornering brake control system, hill hold control, ABS with electronic brakes, automatic door unlocking in case of accidents, front disk brakes, Direct Tyre pressure monitoring, speed sensitive door locking,  ultra-high tensile steel body, seat belt warning alarm and vehicle immobilizer.[12]


Calendar Year Thailand
2015 3,183[13]
2016 5,427[14]
2017 6,565[15]
2018 5,908


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  10. ^ "MG gives MG3 supermini extensive makeover with 2018 facelift". Auto Express. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Features & Specs". SAIC MG. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  12. ^ Moin, Rafique (24 October 2020). "MG3 Auto 2nd Generation (face lifted 2018-2021)".
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  14. ^ "Thailand cars sales report 2016". Thailand. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Thailand cars sales report 2017". Thailand. Retrieved 24 October 2018.

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