MG3 Supermini Debuts in Shanghai

2013 Shanghai Auto Show

A new supermini will soon hit the European market wearing a badge and brand name that used to be synonymous with top-down driving.

Gone are the days of open-top MG roadsters that always seemed to leak oil yet were an absolute pleasure to drive. The formerly British-owned automaker is now owned by the Chinese and it’s building cars for more of a mainstream crowd, but still emphasizing driving fun. One of its latest products is the all-new MG3 supermini. Making its official debut at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, the five-door MG3 will debut in Europe and the UK later this year and is set to be built the automaker’s factory in Birmingham, England.

With styling cues taken from the automaker’s ZERO concept car, the new MG3 is targeted directly at younger buyers who want something fun to drive along with everyday practicality and interior space. Power comes from a four-cylinder engine that produces 103 horsepower and is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. MG claims that its new supermini can accommodate four 6-foot individuals thanks to clever engineering and design tactics such as the "rolled and raised" front dashboard that helps to further increase legroom. MG is also claiming class-leading rear headroom.

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Buyers will also be able to personalize their car with roof, side and hood graphics along with various interior trim options, wheels and floor mats available in a variety of colors and finishes. Details such as pricing and an exact on-sale date haven't been announced just yet but more information should come to light in the coming months.

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