MG 3SW debuts at the 2015 Chengdu Auto Show in China

MG 3SW debuts at the 2015 Chengdu Auto Show in China

The new MG 3SW (not: MG3 SW, sorry) debuted today on the 2015 Chengdu Auto Show in China, winning the price for the fattest front overhang. The MG 3SW is a crossy variant of the MG3, and the spiritual successor of the long gone MG3 Streetwise.

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The 3SW sure looks the business with a shipload of black plastic around the arches and on the doors, black mirror stalks, super shiny ten-spoke alloys, a 1985-style antenna that is so high it almost doesn’t fit on our photo, and real and very usable roof rails.

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Noting cross inside bar for the orange trim, which is fast becoming a big trend in China, not only on crossies, but on all kinds of cars. The MG 3SW is powered by the same dull engine as the standard car: a 1.5 liter petrol four with 109hp and 135nm, mated to a five-speed manual or automatic.

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Logo almost hits the rear-door handle. Big skid pad with single shiny exhaust. Rear wheel looks tiny from this angle. Cross cars are very popular in China, in many a case outselling the original car they are based on. The 3SW has the cross and has the looks, but the old engine is a bit of a letdown.

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Is this actually new? It seems to me to be the same as the 3 Cross from a few years ago. Only the name is different. I’m not sure if they stopped selling the Cross I haven’t seen one for some time.


I think you are right, Mark . This fish mouth variant was seen back as early as 2011, and then oddly called the MG 3 Xross.