Unveiling the Future: MG Motor's Next-Gen MG 3 Set to Debut at 2024 Geneva Motor Show
Excitement is building in the automotive world as MG Motor prepares to reveal the next-generation MG 3 hatchback at the highly anticipated 2024 Geneva Motor Show, scheduled for February 26. The British carmaker has already given enthusiasts a glimpse of what's to come, teasing the front end of the new hatchback, while a recent leak from the Spanish site Coche Spias has unveiled the entire exterior design, showcasing a more aggressive and curvaceous profile that shares similarities with the larger MG 5 sedan.
One of the most significant revelations is that the 2024 MG 3 will mark a new era for MG Motor as it introduces a hybrid powertrain for the first time. Following in the footsteps of leading hybrids like the Toyota Yaris, the MG 3 will be available with both petrol and hybrid options, underscoring the brand's commitment to affordability without compromising on cutting-edge technology.
Although MG Motor has yet to officially disclose the specifications for the new model, the company has a track record in hybrid technology, as seen in the ZS-based VS crossover in Thailand. The VS features a four-cylinder hybrid powertrain, combining a 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery, resulting in a robust 130kW power output and impressive fuel efficiency of 5.8L per 100km.
Safety has also taken center stage in the 2024 MG 3, with the inclusion of autonomous emergency braking—a mandatory feature for all new models in Australia from March 2023. Other advanced safety technologies expected in the MG 3 include traffic sign recognition, lane-keep assist, and tyre-pressure monitoring. These additions will significantly enhance the safety profile of the MG 3, particularly when compared to its predecessor, which holds an expired three-star safety rating from Euro NCAP based on 2014 testing.
Despite its age, the current MG 3 has enjoyed remarkable success in Australia, maintaining popularity even after being phased out in China and becoming one of MG's lower-volume models in Europe and the UK. In 2023, the MG 3 captured a remarkable 43.3% share of its segment in Australia, outselling competitors like the Suzuki Swift, Mazda 2, and Kia Rio.
MG Motor Australia's commitment to providing affordable options is evident, with the MG 3 currently holding the title of the cheapest model in the country under the $20,000 price tag. The base Core model is available at an attractive $19,990 drive-away, making it an enticing option for budget-conscious consumers.
As the automotive world eagerly awaits the grand unveiling in Geneva, the 2024 MG 3 is poised to make a significant impact, combining sleek design, hybrid innovation, and enhanced safety features, solidifying MG Motor's position as a leader in the evolving landscape of affordable and eco-friendly vehicles.