India-bound MG Motors readies the MG3 facelift in China

19/04/2017 - 09:50 | ,  ,   | Sagar Parikh

New model expected to go on sale this year.

The current MG3 was introduced in 2013 and is set to receive a facelift this year. In the latest, the 2017 MG3 has leaked in completely undisguised spy shots that have surfaced on the Chinese web.

2017 MG3 (facelift) front three quarters spy shot
The MG3 will get an MG ZS-inspired front fascia with the facelift.

The MG3 gets a significantly revised exterior with the facelift. The new front fascia is apparently inspired by the MG ZS SUV and incorporates bigger and aggressive headlamps, new design mesh grille, tweaked central air intake grille, modified bumper and resculpted hood. At usual with any facelift, the profile sees no major changes other than new wheels. At the rear, changes include new tailgate with the handle moved below, revised bumper ad tweaked taillights.

Inside, the spy shots show that the 2017 MG3 will have a new design three-spoke steering wheel, new knobs for HVAC and a standing display at the middle of the dashboard. This is not to say that more changes are not possible.

2017 MG3 (facelift) interior spy shot
The MG3 will get a new infotainment display in the center stack along with a new steering wheel.

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The MG3 is offered with the 1.3-litre NSE engine that produces 66 kW (88.47 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 118 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm and the 1.5-litre VCT NSE 78 kW (104.56 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 135 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm in left-hand drive configuration and with the 1.5-litre Vti-TECH 78 kW (104.56 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 137 Nm of torque at 4,750 rpm. Transmission choices include 5-speed manual and 5-speed automated manual. No changes related to these aspects are known as of now.

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