China Watch : New MG3 images hit the Internet
Ash Sutcliffe, China Car Times, 12th April, 2010
Pictures of a future MG3 were released onto the Internet earlier today, sparking rumours of possible engine combinations for the MG3 which will officially be on show at Auto China 2010 in Beijing later this month and will probably go into production during the summer.
The Roewe 350 went into production last month at the former Nanjing-MG factory ahead of its launch later this month and is expected to sell very well against other competitors both domestic and foreign.
Prior to the takeover of Nanjing MG, SAIC Motor were busy working on their own B-segment car which was codenamed S261 but later renamed the ZP11 and given the MG logo – that’s the MG3 shown here. The A-pillar looks quite similar to the Skoda Fabia, whilst the rear C-pillar is similar in style to the current Suzuki Swift’s rear end. The front end certainly has the same styling theme as the new MG6.
The MG3 does look very similar to the Fiat Punto in these pictures, which might indicate some Punto genes within its DNA. A number of unmarked Fiat Puntos were spotted testing near SAIC Motor’s facilities late last year and that prompted rumours that the MG3 might be Punto-based.
Engine power will initially come from a 1.5T producing 78Kw/6000rpm and 135Nm of torque at 4000rpm, which will make it quite a potent little car. Another 1.3L engine is also in development, as the MG3 SW’s 1.4L block is considered too old to be taken seriously in any new car. A 5 speed manual and also a new style Multimode stepless automatic box will be made available for the MG3, but we won’t see any DCT tech on this car according to the Chinese press.
[Source: China Car Times]
[Editor's Note: Motoring Journalist Adam Sloman of SkyBlue Freelance has now drawn our attention to these images of the MG ZERO Concept which will be officially unveiled at Auto China 2010 in Beijing later this week.
Hopefully, the production version of MG's new B-segment contender (which we still expect to be called the MG2) will look more like the MG ZERO Concept than the earlier renderings...]