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MG 3 and G50 strut onto PH car stage

A hybrid hatchback and a familiar MPV with a different name

The two latest members of the MG family are now official. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

After countless public appearances and test drives (if you were lucky enough), the two newest members of the MG family—the MG 3 and the G50 Plus—are now officially available to buy on our market.

One is the newest offering to the entry-level subcompact hatchback segment with a full-hybrid variant, and the other is a return to the lucrative MPV segment.

The MG 3 hatchback is a very attractive option for a first car. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

The MG 3 has four variants:

  • Standard CVT – P678,888
  • Comfort CVT – P828,888
  • Lux CVT – P898,888
  • HEV – P1,088,888
A stylish looker, especially in blue or yellow. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The vehicle is feature-rich for its segment, with only small exterior differences separating the different variants.

The Standard and the Comfort come with LED daytime running lamps but with halogen lights. The Lux and the Hybrid upgrade that to LED projectors, and add power-folding side mirrors. The Comfort, the Luxury, and the Hybrid also come with rear disc brakes and 16-inch alloy wheels (rear drum brakes and 15-inch steel wheels on the Standard).

The car comes in seven colors:

  • St. Moritz Blue
  • Morning Yellow
  • Extreme Speed Red
  • Blade Silver
  • Andes Gray
  • Pearl Black
  • York White
You won’t get a nicer cabin in this price range. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The interior is also feature-packed. The Standard and the Comfort get fabric seats, while the Lux and the Hybrid get leatherette and fabric upholstery. Cargo space is at 261L with the seats up, and 968L with the seats down.

A seven-inch digital infotainment comes standard across all variants, with a 10.25-inch touchscreen (except for the Standard) with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a digital climate control with rear vents, and up to six speakers.

It is also currently the only one in its class with a full ADAS suite. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Higher variants come with the MG Pilot suite of ADAS systems, with features like a 360° camera, rear parking sensors, lane-departure alert and keeping, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

All eyes are on the full-hybrid variant. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

The three ICE variants come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine producing 118hp and 150Nm, mated to either a five-speed manual for the base Standard or a CVT for the Comfort and the Luxury.

As for the hybrid variant, it has a 1.5-liter gas engine paired with a 1.83kWh battery and an electric motor, mated to a three-speed hybrid automatic transmission for a combined 194hp and 250Nm.

A familiar face now under the MG brand. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Meanwhile, this familiar face makes a return under a different brand—the G50 Plus.

It will have three variants:

  • Standard MT – P1,048,888
  • Comfort DCT – P1,188,888
  • Lux DCT – P1,288,888

The familiar design is updated with a new front fascia that features loads more chrome, LED headlamps (or halogen on the Standard), power-folding mirrors, and wheel sizes of either 16 or 17 inches.

It’s available in these five colors:

  • Moon White
  • Meteorite Black
  • Blade Silver
  • Andes Gray
  • Water Blue
It’s a roomy interior for up to eight people. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The G50 Plus comes in two distinct seating configurations: a seven-seater with two captain’s seats for the Lux or an eight-seater with a bench in the second row. The third row can also be folded down to expand cargo space. These will either be upholstered in cloth or leatherette.

It’s not as feature-rich compared to its smaller sibling. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Other features include automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and six speakers on the Lux (four for the other variants).

It also comes with a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, a tire pressure monitoring system, and cruise control.

The turbocharged gas mill is mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

It’s powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged gas engine with 178hp and 285Nm, mated to a seven-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission (or a six-speed manual transmission for the Standard) that sends power to the front wheels.

Two vehicles for all kinds of car buyers. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Both cars are offered with the MG 365 service program that has three years of free roadside assistance, six months of free PMS, and five years of warranty.

Adding to that, the G50 Plus has the MG 365+ program that adds three years of free PMS, six years of engine warranty, and five annual free safety inspections.

MG has also partnered with Standard Insurance to offer three years of comprehensive insurance for P60,000, with a free Petron point and loyalty card.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.