2024 MG 3 Spotted Unveiled Ahead of Launch, Set to Feature Hybrid Option in Australia

Matt Brand
January 6, 2024
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The 2024 MG 3 has been spotted without camouflage, ahead of its global unveiling and anticipated arrival in Australian showrooms later this year. This recent sighting follows its initial appearance in disguise in August of the previous year and the emergence of online patent images shortly after.

Recent images posted on the Cochespias forum reveal the hatchback's updated design, which appears to align with MG's newer models such as the MG 4 electric hatch and the MG 5 sedan. This design change indicates a shift in the visual styling for the MG 3, consistent with the brand's current design language.

In terms of safety, the 2024 MG 3 is expected to incorporate additional technology, including autonomous emergency braking. This feature is a requirement for all new cars launched in Australia since March 2023. This inclusion, along with other potential upgrades, might lead to a price increase, potentially exceeding the $20,000 drive-away price point. Currently, the MG 3 remains one of the few new cars available under this price range.

MG Australia has announced plans to bring the new MG 3 to the country, offering both petrol-only and petrol-hybrid variants. However, specific details regarding the engine types and performance metrics have not been disclosed. Reports from outside Australia suggest a possible 1.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor combination, similar to that used in the Thailand-market MG VS, which delivers a total of 130kW power output.

The official reveal of the 2024 MG 3 is anticipated in the coming months, with its market launch in Australia expected later in the year. The current MG 3 model, which dates back to 2011 and was introduced to Australia in 2016, has filled a market segment previously occupied by brands such as Mitsubishi and Kia.

While MG executives have indicated that the new MG 3 will maintain an low price point, the base models are expected to feature a new 89kW 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

Higher-end hybrid models might use a similar petrol engine, complemented by a 2.1kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor, producing a combined output of 130kW.

The new model is also speculated to include updated features such as larger digital displays, potentially incorporating the 10.25-inch screen from the MG4.

As part of its product expansion in Australia, MG Motor Australia's CEO, Peter Ciao, has confirmed the introduction of three new models, including the next-generation MG3, a new HS mid-size SUV, and another SUV model.

Additionally, the Cyberster, an electric sports car, is expected to launch in the fourth quarter, with a price tag around $100,000.

In 2023, Chinese car sales in Australia surpassed those from Korea, with MG being the seventh best-selling brand with 58,346 units sold. Of these, the MG3 accounted for 15,430 units, leading the light hatch segment.

The launch of the 2024 MG 3 marks a continued expansion of MG's offerings in Australia, aligning with the brand's broader strategy for the region.

Matt Brand
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