New MG 3 to add hybrid power in Australia next year

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Australia’s cheapest new car is poised to add the option of hybrid technology for the new-generation model due next year.

What the new MG 3 is expected to look like, illustrated by Avarvarii from patent images.

The 2024 MG 3 will add hybrid power as an option to Australia’s top-selling city car when it arrives in local showrooms sometime next year.

It will become only the second vehicle in the city-car class to add hybrid power as an option beside a traditional petrol engine after the latest Toyota Yaris, introduced in 2020.

However prices are expected to rise for all versions of the new MG 3 to account for a suite of crash-avoidance technology – including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), now standard for newly-introduced cars in Australia – which is missing from the current model.

What the new MG 3 is expected to look like, illustrated by Avarvarii from patent images.

The MG 3 is currently the most affordable new car in Australia – from $19,990 drive-away – following a recent price rise for the Kia Picanto, though it is $4000 more expensive than it was four-and-a-half years ago.

The current model launched in Australia in 2016, and received a facelift in 2018 – though the body and crash structure date back to 2011.

Details of the hybrid system planned for the new MG 3 are unclear, however overseas reports have pointed to a combination of a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor.

A similar system is already fitted to the MG VS – a restyled version of the MG ZS small SUV sold in Thailand – pairing a 80kW/142Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine derived from the current MG 3, with a 70kW/200Nm electric motor for a combined 130kW.

Specific arrival timing for the 2024 MG 3 is due closer to its Australian arrival sometime next year.

“At this stage we can confirm the confirmed line up for next year (2024) to [include] … an all new MG 3 available in both ICE [petrol’ and Hybrid,” an MG Motor Australia spokesperson told Drive.

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines at a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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