The UK-specification MG3, which has yet to break cover, has been spotted wearing its camouflage by Austin Memories creator, John Baker. It appears to be heading back to the Longbridge factory following a bout of on-road testing.
It takes a keen spotter to notice the new body-side moulding (below), tailgate spoiler, and larger wheels which does at least prove that the UK model will have some unique features that are yet to see the light of day in RoW MG3s. MG Motor UK’s Marketing Director, Guy Jones told AROnline last autumn that the name of the game will be ‘configurability’ and that it will be available in a myriad of colour (two-tone) and trim options, appealing to fashion-conscious buyers who might currently consider buying a Citroen DS3 or Vauxhall Adam.
He also said that the styling differences between the UK-specification and RoW models will be ‘considerable’ and will incorporate features that potential owners asked for following recent customer clinics. The points where the MG3 has scored well with buyers in overseas markets has been its roomy cabin and perky performance. It will be launched in 1.5-litre petrol form, although it’s not confirmed whether it will be in 85bhp as well as 105bhp form.
There’s no official word on when the MG3 goes on sale in the UK, but we hear that the Longbridge-assembled car should be slow-released during the first half of 2013, with the order book opening in July for an August on-sale date. No word on prices yet, but don’t expect any Dacia-style bargains…