South African fans of British sports-car brand MG will have something to look forward to at the Johannesburg International Motor Show in October: the new MG3 hatch, on display just weeks after its world debut in Britain.
It's expected in MG showrooms in South Africa before the end of the year, in four variants, each a five-door hatch with a distinctive LED daytime running lights, wrap-around windscreen - and a punchy, 78kW 1.5-litre engine.
The 1498cc twin-cam petrol four delivers peak power at 6000 revs, backed by 137Nm at 4750rpm, driving the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. It's expected to reach 100km/h in about 10 seconds, with a top speed on the naughty side of 175km/h.
THE FOUR VARIANTS ARE:
The flagship 3STYLE, with 16" alloys and a body kit that includes a spoiler and side sills. Standard kit includes cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers and rear parking sensors.