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MG3 2024: everything we know about the affordable third-generation hatchback


MG will bring its first hybrid MG3 to market this year with new styling and likely better technologies 

On February 26, MG will debut its newest MG3 small car, a model that is set to improve on its outgoing generation with new styling, greater functionality and, most importantly, a hybrid powertrain. 

We’ve recently seen a teaser of the MG3 in a MG promotional video and, by the looks of things, the small hatchback is set to appear very different to the current second-generation car. 

Set to debut at the 2024 Geneva Motor Show, the MG3 will take styling inspiration from other models in MG’s range such as the electric MG4 and the MG5 sedan

2024 MG3 hatch front end detailing
MG has already teased its new MG3 hatch

A new alloy wheel design, a completely different rear tail light signature and new LED headlights are set to feature. 

The current MG3 is a very popular, affordable car here in Australia, with the MG brand shifting 15,430 units during 2023. 

When is the MG3 going to arrive in Australia, and how much will it cost?

2024 MG3 hatch new alloy wheel design
New-look alloy wheel design and updated LED lights are some of the changes

With the vehicle set to debut on February 26, MG has confirmed that the model will promptly launch in Australia during the second quarter of 2024. 

Local Australian pricing is yet to be confirmed for the third-generation MG3, however the current model starts from just $18,490 before on-road costs for the base Core automatic. 

Expect the new MG3 to still be very competitive, and could remain under the $20,000 price bracket when it goes on sale. 

2024 MG3 hatch front end view obstructed
You can see some MG4 and MG5 styling in the front end of the new MG3 hatch

New hybrid powertrain is joining the lineup

MG has announced that its new hatch will gain a self-charging hybrid setup consisting of a 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to an electric motor and a small lithium-ion battery. 

This powertrain is likely to be a very similar engine to what is found in the current, second-generation MG3, but with that additional punch to provide a reported 130kW of power

2024 MG3 hatch rear end blurred shot of tail lights
The next MG3 will look quite a lot different to the current second-gen car

What we know about standard specification 

Although it’s still yet to be confirmed, the standard specification of the new MG3 could very likely involve the following:

  • 8.0-inch (or slightly larger) touchscreen
  • Revised gauge cluster with possible small central screen
  • LED headlights and daytime running lights 
  • Enhanced safety equipment 
  • Possibility of partial or full PU faux leather seats 
  • Hybrid information display

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