Pictures of what appears to be the all-new 2024 MG MG 3 have surfaced online, showing a radically different styling direction compared with today’s best-selling light car.
Compared with today’s model, the new car appears to be wider and more curvaceous, adopting styling elements from the ZS, MG 4 and MG 5.
Seen on Cochespias and the MG Australasia Facebook page, the spy shots show a camouflaged prototype with a covered dash, but proportions, details of the car and a lot of the interior is visible.
MG has previously confirmed there will be a successor to the MG 3, launching towards the end of 2024 which could mean a 2025 launch in Australia.
The prototype appears to be an Excite – or equivalent – with 16-inch alloy wheels, partial leather seat trim and a sunroof. Other noteworthy elements from the interior include rear ventilation, a similar C-pillar treatment to today’s model and potentially more space.
Externally, sharp, angular headlamps with a large open-mouth grille are reminiscent of other models such as the MG 6. Like the ZS and ZST, there are two flowing character lines form the front and rear hips, intersecting at the rear door handle.
Powertrains for the new model are the presently the subject of speculation. The adoption of a hybrid system has been mooted overseas, but this may be reserved for flagship models, as it would push the price up, which could harm the appeal of the MG 3.
One possibility is the CVT and 1.5-litre engine seen in the ZST Core and Vibe, as well as the incoming MG 5 Vibe model.
To preserve its value positioning, a McPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension setup is expected to carry over.
What tantalises us at Driving Enthusiast is the possibility of an MG 3 X-Power hot hatch. Combining a turbocharged engine with a six-speed manual transmission would add to the appeal of the car from an enthusiast’s point of view.
But the fact the current vehicles are only available with a four-speed automatic transmission locally pours cold water on that idea.
We will keep you posted with any more news about the 2024 MG 3 as it comes to hand.