MG 3

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MG 3 II 01 China 2012-04-14.jpg
Manufacturer MG Motor (Nanjing/SAIC)
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact (B)
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

The MG 3 is a subcompact car produced by the Chinese automotive giant 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[edit]

China MG 3 2010 StreetWise.jpg
Manufacturer MG Motor (Nanjing)
Production Nanjing Automobile Pukou, Nanjing, China
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact (B)
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Engine 1.4 L I4 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual
5-speed automatic


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 the Chinese market, and cannot be exported by SAIC.[3]

MG 3 MK1 rear


Petrol engines
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Top Speed 0-60 mph CO2 emissions
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 9.7s ___ g/km

Second generation[edit]

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2013 MG 3 1.5 VTi
Manufacturer MG Motor (SAIC Motor)
Production 2011–present (China)
2013–2016 (SAIC Longbridge) (United Kingdom)
2015–present (Thailand)
Assembly Laem Chabang, Thailand (CPG)
Longbridge, United Kingdom[4]
Pukou, Nanjing, China
Designer Anthony Williams-Kenny
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact (B)
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Engine 1.3 L I4 (petrol)
1.5 L I4 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual
5-speed semi-automatic
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)
Kerb weight 1,125–1,155 kg (2,480–2,546 lb)
MG 3 rear

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. The development work took place in the United Kingdom, with production initially in China.[5]

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,[6] with either a five speed manual transmission, or an Italian AMT transmission called e shift.

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

MG 3 Xross[edit]

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

EU MG 3[edit]

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

A facelifted version of the MG 3, with a revised front design, was announced in the spring of 2013, with sales in the United Kingdom commencing in September 2013, but only with the 1.5 litre 105 hp (78 kW) engine option.[8]

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.[9][10]

2016 MG3[edit]

For 2016, the MG3 received several upgrades to improve the refinement of the MG3 and also meet EU 6 emission requirements. The main upgrade is the installation of an EU 6 derivative of the standard 1.5L engine, Developed by SAIC Motor UK. Along with the EU 6 emission upgrade, stop start was also fitted.

Another upgrade is the addition of two tone colour schemes, primarily on the red and yellow MG3's which can be equipped with either a black or white roof, similar to the much more upmarket Audi A1.

2018 MG 3

Popular culture[edit]

The MG3 has featured in a series of advertisements for the popular supermarket Tienda Inglesa, where a protagonist is chased across a supermarket by a policeman to the theme tune of The Benny Hill Show, before driving away in a blue MG3 with a roof featuring the Union Jack.[11]


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 CO2 emissions
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 __._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 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 10.4s 124 g/km


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  2. ^ "SAIC MG3 Review". Illustration of Chinese Car. 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  3. ^ Ash (2007-04-26). "Are MG Streetwise?". China Car Times. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  4. ^ "MG unveils new super-mini at Longbridge". Express and Star. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Ash (2011-06-29). "MG3 – in review". Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  6. ^ "Specification". MG Motor. Archived from the original on 4 May 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "MG3 Xross Sighted Out Again". China Car Times. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  8. ^ White, Rory (27 September 2013). "2013 MG3 review". What Car?. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "MG's TF cabrio axed". Auto Express. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  10. ^ "MG will end UK production". 2016-09-23. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  11. ^ "Tienda Inglesa MG Promo". YouTube. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 

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