New cars for 2012 - Part 1 - Superminis: Ford - MG
What is it? Updated version of Ford’s brilliant Fiesta
Price from £9800 (est)
On sale Autumn
Ford’s face-lifted Fiesta will be both greener and sportier. At one end of the range, a new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Ecoboost petrol engine should give CO2 emissions of 110g/km or less.
Joining the range at the other end will be the production version of the ST concept car from the 2011 Frankfurt motor show. It’ll have a 178bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, an upgraded chassis and a bold makeover. The ST concept’s new-look front end will be introduced to all Fiesta models. Trim upgrades will give a higher-quality feel.
What is it? More kit and improved efficiency
Price from £10k (est)
On sale Summer
Kia’s new Rio already delivers sub-90g/km CO2 emissions and a performance to take on the class-leading Fiesta and Polo. Now it’s time for its sister car, the Hyundai i20, to get the same tech.
The new efficiency options – likely to include the same three-cylinder diesel engine and stop-start – will be bundled into a mild mid-life face-lift for the i20. It gets new head- and tail-lights, although the chassis and side profile will remain much the same.
We wouldn’t expect any price cuts, either, although the standard equipment levels are likely to be given a mild boost right across the range.
What is it? Chinese-built, UK-designed supermini
Price from £9500 (est)
On sale Winter
MG will add a third model to its UK range when it introduces the MG3 supermini in late 2012.
The styling of this Ford Fiesta/Skoda Fabia rival closely follows that of the MG Zero concept car. It was designed in the UK and is already on sale in China, where it is built.
UK versions will have changes to boost refinement and interior quality, but they’re likely to use versions of the same 1.3 and 1.5-litre petrol engines.
Prices are yet to be confirmed, but we’d expect them to undercut mainstream rivals, so an entry point below £10,000 is likely.