New versions of the MG 3 city car and MG 6 saloon have been shown to the international media at a racetrack near Shanghai. Both get updated styling that borrows elements from the ZS SUV, and the 6 will be available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time.
Under the MG badges, the 6 is based on the China-only Roewe i6. Reviewers say it’s good to drive, with brisk pace, light steering and agile handling. The sporty feel continues on the inside, where we’ll get red leather trim, contoured seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. The cabin is spacious, even with the sloping roofline in the rear seats, and the boot is large.
Chinese buyers love tech, and the MG 6 delivers on that front. Features such as an all-round parking camera, voice control, rear USB sockets, auto emergency braking and lane departure warning are included and expected to be available on UK cars.
The styling is also new, and a noticeable improvement over the old car. At the front, a sloping bonnet, slim LED lights and star-like grille make it look modern and sporty, while the rear definitely has hints of the Mercedes C-Class about it.
The MG 3 also gets aggressive styling changes, including super sharp headlight clusters and a redesigned grille. In the middle, it’s similar to the current car, but there are a couple of small changes at the rear.
A crisp eight-inch touchscreen takes centre stage on the centre console, which has been thoroughly overhauled and now features far fewer buttons than before. The screen will be able to show media playback information and connect with your Apple or Android smartphone.
When the plug-in hybrid eMG6 appears, it’ll use the 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder engine from the ZS and an 82hp electric motor. Fully electric range is slated to be 33 miles.