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TMR Team | Jun, 14 2013 | 2 Comments

MG's new MG3 light hatch has made its European debut this week, following its unveiling at April's Shanghai Auto Show.

And, while the larger MG6 is now available in Australia, a local debut for the MG3 is not expected to occur until early in the new year.

And, while the MG3 is new for Europe, it first appeared in 2010 and has been available in China since 2011 - meaning that, when it hits Australia, the little hatch will be around four years old.

We can likely expect an update before it arrives here, however. And it won't be quite the same car that debuted in China two yes ago, thanks to an extensive redevelopment program for more demanding western markets.

Currently, only one engine has been confirmed for the MG3 - a four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine of unknown displacement, producing 77kW and driving the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.

There's a 100kW turbocharged version of the same engine, although MG says it currently has no plans to add it to the MG3 range - unless the market demands it.

The MG3 debuts in Europe this week as a rival to models like Ford's Fiesta or the Toyota Yaris, but MG aims to entice buyers with a number of mix-and-match styling options.

The range will kick off with 16-inch alloy wheels, and daytime-running lights are standard equipment, visible low in the front bumper.

There's also blacked-out pillars and a sports-styled body-kit, highlighting the brand's hopes of stealing buyers keen for a more sporting look.

Australian details are a long way off, but MG has shown with the $22,990 MG6 it's not afraid to price itself alongside the popular models in its segment.

Line the MG's specs and origin up against the obvious rivals and we can likely expect this one to debut in the $15-18k range.

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