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You can test-drive the MG 3 before it goes on sale

Four trim levels (including a hybrid model) are slated for our market

It'll be a while to get used to this front end. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Last month, SAIC Motor Philippines cooked up a massive storm at the 2024 Manila International Auto Show for an enormous launch event of MG models—one of them being the pint-sized MG 3.

This weekend, the blue hatchback is being teased at the 2024 Auto Focus Summer Test Drive Festival, and anyone can take it for a spin.

No plastic engine cover in this simple compact hatch. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The MG 3 will come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder 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 variant. The hybrid trim will soon be revealed, and is said to be included in the coding exemption list.

While local figures aren’t finalized, the electrified variant in Europe has the same base engine paired with a 1.83kWh electric motor and mated to a three-speed automatic transmission for a combined 194hp and 425Nm.

For those extra careful of their tiny ride. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The car measures 4,055mm long, 1,729mm wide, and 1,521mm tall. Compared to its previous iteration, the new generation’s trunk has slightly expanded contrary to its slimmer exterior. From 241L of the first-gen, it has 261L with the rear seats up and 948L with the seats down.

All variants are fitted with a seven-inch instrument cluster, but a 10.25-inch infotainment system is available in all models but the Standard. The Luxury trim is confirmed to exclusively contain a pre-collision system, lane-departure warning, lane watch, lane-keep assist, and a 360° camera with a 3D view.

Despite where MG is now, the MG 3 is the closest we can get to a regular B-segment car in Europe that isn't from a luxury brand. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

MG Philippines hasn’t slated a launch date for the new MG 3, but expect its prices to range between P700,000 and P1,200,000 when that time arrives. For now, you can take the wheel of the supermini hatch at the SM Mall of Asia Open Grounds until this Sunday (May 12), from 11am to 9pm.

Justin Young

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