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MG will launch an entry-level 3 that'll cost around £17k

There'll be a basic MG3 with a small petrol engine and a manual gearbox for a low price coming later this year

Published: 05 Mar 2024

While the MG3 launches in hybrid form, MG hasn't forgotten some people will still want a basic manual supermini at the lowest price.

So there will be a 1.5-litre engine of about 100bhp and three pedals with a gearstick. Nothing fancy there, but it's an increasing rarity as other carmakers bin off their superminis altogether, or switch them to more expensive powertrains.

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It comes to Britain in late 2024, about half a year after the hybrid model we covered here.

Prices will be announced in mid-March, so we don't have exact numbers, but MG UK's product planning boss David Allison said the hybrid will be on a par with others' pure-petrol cars, and the straight ICE car a couple of thousand below that.

Which would put the MG3 hybrid in base spec around £19,000 and the ICE car around £17,000.

Allison said the current MG3 (a decade old and outclassed in almost every respect) had just had its best-selling year. OK, he didn't say the bit in brackets, we did. But anyway it shows the draw of a low price.

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The new one, even in non-hybrid form, will be higher-priced than the old, he said, because it's better and better-equipped. The hybrid version, for instance, gets two screens and MG's Pilot driver-assist system as standard.

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