It was reported earlier this year that MG3, the smallest car in MG’s lineup will get a replacement next year. And now we have the first images of a camouflaged test mule of a next-generation MG3 hatchback undergoing testing in China.
MG3 is currently in its second generation which debuted way back in 2011 and since then, has received two facelifts. The current iteration was launched in 2018, making it more than 5 years old now while the generation itself is more than 12 years old.
Spotted: 3rd gen MG3 test mule in China
Thanks to spy shots and leaked patent images, we can see that the upcoming 3rd generation MG3 hatchback adopting the brand’s latest design language will be a radical departure from the styling trends of the current generation model, both inside & out. It almost looks like a hatchback version of the MG5, also known as MG GT in various markets.
3rd gen MG3 leaked patent images
The fascia shows sharp headlights reminiscent of the latest breed of MG cars including the MG4 EV. Plus there is an aggressive front bumper with a gaping grille with mesh patterns. The side profile features double waistlines & intricate 5-spoked alloy rims, while the rear end gets a horizontally stacked split-type tail light setup, an embedded spoiler, and a rear windshield wiper.
3rd gen MG3 test mule showing the interior
The MG3’s interior is overly camouflaged. The only things evident are sporty seats, a split instrument panel and center control screen, rear air vents, and a black interior shade with some chrome embellishments. In terms of powertrain, the 3rd generation MG3 will use a hybrid setup that includes a 1.5L engine with 109 hp and 142 Nm that works in tandem with an electric motor with 95 hp and 200 Nm. The system’s overall power output is currently unknown.
The all-new MG3 is expected to make its first public appearance at the 2023 Chengdu Auto Show which will open doors on 25th August in China. It will go on sale likely towards the end of this year or early next year as Australia to be the first market to receive the all-new model. MG3 remains the highest-selling car in its class in Australia for many years in a row. It’s also one of the cheapest cars out there, which helps explain its popularity in the Australian market. MG3 is also the third best-selling passenger car in Australia behind only the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai i30.
MG3 gained popularity in Pakistan ever since Javed Afridi teased the hatchback that was supposed to be priced below Rs 2.0 million in Pakistan, making it as affordable as a Suzuki Alto. However, more than two years have passed with no evidence of the MG3, despite Javed Afridi’s repeated teasing about the hatchback and his frequent pleas for his fans to be prepared for the vehicle that is “Coming Soon.”
Now when the Alto is priced at around Rs 3.0 million, it’s hard to assume MG3 will be priced below that. But given that the 2nd gen MG3 will be phased out from international markets in 2024, it’s possible that Javed Afridi, like the majority of other assemblers in this country, will “introduce” the (2dn gen) MG3 once it is discontinued from elsewhere else. Do you think so too?
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