MG unveils future supermini at Beijing show

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The concept version of MG's future supermini has been revealed at the Beijing motor show.

Dubbed the MG Zero, the concept was designed and engineered in the UK, and is best thought of as an embellished version of the final production car, which is thought to be called the MG3.

The handsome hatchback would be aimed squarely at best-sellers like the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio, and would suggest that the Chinese-owned manufacturer is serious about returning to Europe with a range of models.

Autocar reported that the although the Zero features some nifty motor touches like an LED front-lit grille, the concept is fairly representative of the car that will make it to the showrooms.

The Zero is built on an all-new platform, which is said to provide excellent interior space thanks to a relatively long wheelbase of 2.5m. The car will be a fairly standard front-wheel drive layout, but it is expected to feature SAIC's new four-cylinder engines.

These will be available in 1.3- and 1.5-litre forms, but there is also said to be the possibility of a turbocharged lump producing 156bhp. That power output would likely be enough to give the supermini the performance UK buyers will expect from an MG badge.

With all other details of the MG3 yet to come it's a little early for firm indications on prices, but £12,000 to £15,000 probably won't be wide of the mark.