A new era for British car maker MG has begun on the other side of the world!
The production version of the eagerly anticipated MG3 compact hatch has debuted at China’s Guangzhou Motor Show. And it was joined on the stand by two versions of the new MG6: the saloon and a race-themed five-door, which hints at future performance models for the UK.
The MG3 will hit showrooms there in March, starting at less than £6,000. And while that price will rise when it arrives in the UK in 2012, the five-door will significantly undercut existing value models such as the Suzuki Swift.
The attractive styling is not in doubt; it draws heavily on the MG Zero concept seen at last May’s Beijing Motor Show. But sources from the exhibition told us that the car trailed more established rivals with its build quality – although bosses have assured us that versions for the UK would aim to on improve that.
Show vehicles featured MINI-style decals and graphics – one wall-mounted car even featured a Union Jack roof. Only one engine choice has been confirmed so far for the MG3: a 1.5-litre petrol unit delivering 109bhp. However, a turbo version is in the pipeline, along with a 67bhp 1.3-litre petrol powerplant.
The MG6 goes on sale here in March, in hatchback guise, with the saloon on display at Guangzhou following later in the year. The performance five-door was finished in white with red and blue racing stripes, and hints at a sporty flagship.