The MG3 SW is getting a replacement. Not sure what I’m talking about? Well, after MG Rover folded in 2005 and China’s SAIC bought its assets, they took what we know as the Rover 25 Streetwise and started making it locally. Badged the MG3 SW, it’s still on sale in China today and has been something of a sales success for SAIC.
The car you see here will replace it and might also come to the UK next year with the MG3 supermini on which it’s based.
The X-Cross boasts a raised ride height and more purposeful bodykit with, as is common on such cross-over vehicles, plastic cladding around the lower sections (think Audi Allroad, Volvo XC). Don’t get too carried away planning off-road adventures based on the looks, however — like the Streetwise before it, this car is front wheel drive only.
The new MG3, the production version of the MG Zero concept shown at the 2010 Beijing motor show, uses an all-new platform with a wheelbase of 2.5 metres (just over eight feet), placing it the same size as the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, VW Polo et al. Engine options are a four cylinder 1.3 petrol with 67bhp or 92bhp; and a 1.5 litre petrol with 107bhp. Transmissions are a five speed manual or an automatic. The MG3 might also get fitted with the forthcoming 1.9 litre diesel, developed in-house in Longbridge, Birmingham, and due to be fitted to the MG6 next year.
The MG3 will reach the UK in 2012, but we can’t be certain the X-Cross variant will form part of the range at launch. When it hits the streets, however, it is likely to undercut forthcoming compact SUVs based on the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208, as well as the Suzuki SX4 in this class.