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A little hatch from MG for JIMS


MG snuck under the radar when it returned to South Africa a few years ago. Besides the MG6, no other models are on offer and thus the British connoisseur brand has struggled on.

However, ahead of the upcoming Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS) in October, the brand is giving a sneak preview of its new MG3.

This new supermini will appeal to the younger generation, with a sporty 78kW engine and chassis dynamics, together with generous spec, practicality and advanced safety.
The MG3 boasts unique design features such as its signature front LED daytime running lights and a wrap-around front windscreen. Hidden from the sporty exterior styling is a spacious interior - one of the largest in the supermini class. Multiple airbags and a host of mechanical and electronic safety features offer some of the latest safety technology as standard.

The key attraction for many people will not only be the attractive looks of the new MG3, but also the massive fun factor offered by this new five-door hatch with its spacious interior.

Still to be launched to the UK market (launch date is in September), four models will be available to choose from, with a full range of options and accessories.

Specifications and options for the South African market will be announced at JIMS in October, with pricing expected to be announced closer to launch.

The four models are the flagship MG3 3STYLE, the mid-range MG3 3FORM and MG3 3FORM SPORT as well as the entry-model MG3 3TIME. Further details of the local line-up for the South African market will be announced closer to launch.

All models are powered by a sporty DOHC VTi-TECH petrol engine with a five-speed manual gearbox and have the same great MG chassis, designed to make driving the MG3 a bit more fun than any average car in this segment. The 1.5-litre engine delivers 78kW and 137Nm of torque. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h is expected to be around 10 seconds, reaching a top speed in excess of 175 km/h.

The new MG3 is expected to be launched in the last quarter of the year.

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