MG 3

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

The MG 3 is a supermini car produced by the British automotive marque MG, while under the ownership of Chinese companies Nanjing and SAIC, 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 introduced in 2011 is marketed simply as the MG 3 and is based on a new platform.

First generation[edit]

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


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]

MG3 Launch.jpg
Manufacturer MG Motor (SAIC Motor)
Production 2011–present (China)
2013–present (United Kingdom)
2015–present (Thailand)
Assembly Laem Chabang, Thailand (CPG)
Longbridge, United Kingdom[4]
Pukou, Nanjing, China
Body and chassis
Class Supermini (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)

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.

A promised 1.5-litre Turbo petrol engine producing 165 hp (123 kW) has yet to be launched.[7]

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

EU MG 3[edit]

The European 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 UK commencing in September 2013, but only with the 1.5-litre 105 hp (78 kW) engine option.[9] It will be built for Europe at the Longbridge plant in Birmingham alongside the larger MG6.[10]

2016 MG3[edit]

For 2016, the MG3 received several upgrades to improve the refinement of the MG3 and also meet several requirements. One of the upgrades is the installation of a EU 6 derivative of the standard 1.5L engine, Developed by SAIC Motor UK. Also on the EU 6 MG3 engine, stop-start has also been fitted to update the MG3. 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. A final upgrade which is a refinement to bring it in line with other MG models, is the addition of a chrome strip at the bottom of the grille.


MG3 2016 Upgrade

The MG 3 is available with the following engines:

The 1.5L Engine received a 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. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "SAIC (Shanghai Auto) MG3". ChinaAutoWeb. 2011-03-27. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  8. ^ "MG3 Xross Sighted Out Again". China Car Times. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  9. ^ White, Rory (27 September 2013). "2013 MG3 review". What Car?. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "MG's TF cabrio axed". Auto Express. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 

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