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More premium new MG3 will mean NZ pricetag rise when launched

The all-new MG3 is a technologically advanced hybrid supermini, offering a combination of performance, efficiency, and refinement has been revealed in Geneva. The new supermini is more spacious than the outgoing model, while retaining the compact footprint that makes the MG3 such a popular model, particularly for those mainly covering urban driving routes. Boasting high levels of interior equipment and space – matching the best-in-class – the MG3 Hybrid+ offers customers both practicality and efficiency. Value is further boosted with MG’s trademark seven-year/80,000 miles warranty included as standard.

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MG’s Hybrid+ powertrain technology makes its debut on the all-new MG3, and is the first conventional, non-plug-in hybrid system fitted to an MG model. At its core, there are five key elements to the all-new Hybrid+ system – engine, transmission, battery, electric motor, and generator.

Despite focusing on efficiency, the electrified technology naturally delivers excellent performance benefits. MG’s Hybrid+ powertrain makes the MG3 the fastest accelerating hybrid B-segment model in the class, with a 0-62mph sprint time of 8.0 seconds. Accelerating to motorway speeds – from 80-120km/h – is equally impressive, at just 5.0 seconds.

Producing a combined 143kW, the MG3 Hybrid+ returns economy figures of 4.4l/100km and 100g/km CO2. This is aided by a 1.83kWh battery, allowing for an extensive electric-only driving range – significantly boosting efficiency.

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The all-new MG3 features a 75kW 1.5-litre petrol engine and 100kW electric motor, as well as separate generator motor which enables a wide variety of powertrain operating modes. This not only provides class-leading performance figures for a hybrid B-segment hatchback, but also allows for flexible running no matter the driving environment.

The four-cylinder 1.5-litre Atkinson-cycle petrol engine produces 75kW, offering exceptionally high thermal efficiency at 41%. Combined with the 100kW electric motor, the Hybrid+ system provides a broad range of power across the rev range.

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A standout feature for customers is the twin-screen cockpit. Drivers have a 7-inch digital instrument screen, as well as a 10.25-inch central infotainment system. Graphics and responsiveness have been enhanced by MG engineers for the twin floating screens, and a bank of piano-key switches has been retained on the centre console to maximise safety and convenience while driving.

Satellite navigation is fitted as standard, as is smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. MG iSMART provides levels of connectivity and features to MG3 customers that would more commonly be associated with premium models.

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Other equipment highlights include air conditioning, six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connection, four USB ports, and rear parking sensors and camera. Higher trim levels add leather-style upholstery, keyless entry, heated front seats and steering wheel, and 360-degree camera.

The MG3 also benefits from the latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Increased safety is delivered through MG Pilot technology, which includes Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, and Traffic Jam Assist.

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MG New Zealand comment re: MG3 reveal at Geneva – “MG can confirm that, due to advancements in technology, safety and specification, the new MG3 revealed at the Geneva Motor Show will mean the popular model will no longer be a sub-$20,000 car when it launches in New Zealand later this year.

“There will be a price increase associated with the new model, thanks to the introduction of new
world-class technology, safety updates and all-new specification.

“The current MG3 is at the end of its lifecycle which means that now is the best time to buy a brand
new car for the price of a used one, before the new model hits our shores.

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“More details will be shared closer to the local launch later this year.”

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