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Apart from premiering its stunning CS Concept at the Shanghai Motor Show, MG (Morris Garages) has also showcased its latest supermini, the MG3, ahead of its release into the European and UK market said to take place sometime later this year.

Bearing nearly all of the design cues from the MG Zero concept car (unveiled at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show), the MG3 will become the second in a new generation of MG vehicles to leave the Birmingham factory assembly line after the MG6 models.

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The front headlights, however, have been swapped from the futuristic LED technology to a more conventional set. Also gone is the light strip that joins the headlights. The foglight bezels have also been replaced with a ‘hockey stick’ LED daytime running lights.

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At the sides, the dual colour skirts echo the design of the MG Zero, lowering the stance of the car. The profile is completed with a set of Diamond-cut, dual colour alloy wheels. The rear seem to remain exactly the same as the concept.

For the interior, MG is said to feature a ‘rolled and raised’ front dashboard design that supposedly creates an airy forward cabin space and increased legroom. The front seats are also sculpted to allow rear passengers more space.

MG did not reveal the engine displacement for the MG3 but it did say that it will use the VTi-TECH petrol engine producing 103 hp mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

“This new MG3 is a great package for the increasing number of European customers looking for a stylish small car, that’s affordable and practical to own. It’s got a distinctive cheeky style and will be fun to buy, own and drive, yet still affordable for a wide range of people. It’s the modern interpretation of a small fun MG and shows how we will take the essence of this iconic brand into the future.” said MG Motor UK Sales and Marketing Director Guy Jones.

 



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