A Sporty Supermini: The New MG3

MG has unveiled the updated supermini which now features Hybrid+ technology. Combining efficiency and driving pleasure, MG continues to provide fantastic value with its smallest car. Doubling down on this, they have fitted a premium interior with two screens and more safety features are present in comparison to the previous model.

A Complete Redesign

Developed from the ground up, the new MG3 is longer and wider than the previous model. It also offers the largest boot in the hybrid B-segment class. Designed in Shanghai, it has a more rounded appearance and has styling features such as alloy wheels and LED headlights for customers to choose from. There’s also a new colour palate, with 6 colours for British buyers to choose from. MG never shies away from bright colours and the standout colours for the supermini are Battersea Blue and Dynamic Red.

MG’s First Hybrid

The MG3 features the first non-plug-in hybrid system fitted to an MG model. The Hybrid+ powertrain focuses on efficiency and returns 64 miles to the gallon. The 1.5-litre petrol engine and 100kW can combine to put out 143 kW, leading to some impressive performance figures. A 0-62mph time of 8 seconds makes it the fastest hybrid B-segment model in its class.

A Mode for Every Situation

The hybrid powertrain allows the MG3 to have 5 drive modes, which are automatically selected by the Hybrid+ system. EV runs it on electric-only power, whilst in Series the engine runs through to the generator, which powers the electric motor. Series and Charge tops up the battery under low load whilst in Series driving. Drive and Charge uses the engine to drive the wheels, whilst also charging through the generator. Parallel provides the most power, using both the engine and electric motor to drive the wheels. The MG3 also has three driving modes. Eco is set up for optimum fuel economy, whilst Standard blends efficiency and performance. Sport provides the best throttle response and the most power.

Blending Handling and Refinement

MG has fine-tuned the chassis and suspension for different markets. MG has kept the driver at the forefront of their focus. Using ultra-high stiffness components in the chassis, it has been designed with athletic handling in mind. Comfort hasn’t been forgotten though. MG has focused on engine and suspension mount and sound-absorbing materials, whilst the gearbox has been designed to reduce noise and vibration.

An Upmarket Interior

Both the SE and Trophy specifications have high levels of equipment inside. The twin-screen cockpit features a 7-inch driver’s display and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Screens haven’t replaced everything though, with piano-key switches retained on the centre console. Satnav is standard, just as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are. MG iSMART provides greater connectivity than before. There is a six-speaker audio system, four USB ports and rear parking sensors paired with a camera. The Trophy trim also comes with leather-style upholstery, keyless entry, heated front seats and steering wheel and a 360-degree camera.

Greater Piece of Mind

The MG3 features the latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Greater safety is provided by MG Pilot technology, which features Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning. The Traffic Jam Assist will be helpful in busy city centres, providing semi-autonomous driving in slow-moving traffic. Like other MGs, the new MG3 includes a seven-year/80,000-mile warranty.

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