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TMR Team | Feb, 05 2013 | 3 Comments

Iconic British brand MG, now owned by China's Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, will return to Australia in 2013.

The MG6 small hatch and sedan, revealed in 2010 and launched in the UK a year later, is expected to debut in Australia toward the end of March.

Later in the year, the smaller MG3 light car will arrive, following its international unveiling at the Beijing Auto Show in 2010 as the MG Zero concept. It has yet to launch in Europe.

Speaking with CarSales, SAIC's right-hand-drive market manager Xiaomin Xi said that Australia is an important part of the carmaker's expansion plans.

“Australia is an important market for us - we acknowledge that MG has a lot of enthusiasts from previous MG car owners," Xi said.

The brand is expected to launch locally with one Sydney dealership, followed in the months after by showrooms in Newcastle and Brisbane.

MG has already launched in New Zealand, where the MG6 starts from around $23,000.

When it launches in Australia, the MG6 will be powered by a 1.8 litre four-cylinder engine producing 118kW, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Automatic options are expected later.

Above: the MG3 light hatch that launched in China in 2011.
Above: the MG3 light hatch that launched in China in 2011.

In manual form, the MG6's fuel consumption figures are listed at around 7.5 l/100km on the combined cycle.

A new 110kW 1.9 litre diesel engine is also offered in Europe with the MG6, although it is unclear if this option will come to Australia.

Local specifications have not been revealed, but New Zealand mid-spec models are equipped with cruise control, multi-function leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Top-shelf models add leather seats (heated at the front), a reversing camera, dual-zone climate control, auto headlights and wipers, a cooler in the centre console and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

Measuring 4651mm long, 1827mm wide, 1472mm tall and riding on a 2705mm wheelbase, the MG6 is comparable in size to the top-selling Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla models.

Long-term, Australian models will be sourced from a new plant in Thailand, although launch model will be produced in China.

 
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