The All New Mazda 3
The all-new Mazda 3 is third generation of the Japanese company’s compact family car that will make its debut at Frankfurt before going on sale in the UK in January 2014.
The new Mazda 3 will be available as a five-door hatchback and four-door saloon, or fastback, all sharing the same wheelbase. Mazda say, "the new model’s standard equipment redefines the word ’generous’ for a car in the C-segment class".
Like the CX-5 and Mazda 6, the latest 3 is equipped with the latest range Skyactiv low-emission engines. Mazda’s Kodo design language "results in an exterior that unites a bold, powerful stance expressing pent-up energy with superior build quality".
Larger than the outgoing model in almost every way, the latest Mazda 3 also gets an optimised Human-Machine Interface (HMI). Highlights of the HMI include the Active Driving Display, Mazda’s new head-up display, and a new design of rotary commander enabling a safe operation of infotainment functions, these are both examples of Mazda’s high level of specification in this class.
Mazda’s brand new connectivity concept brings a range of free mobile online content into the vehicle, including Facebook and Twitter audio feeds as well as Aha, with tens of thousands of cloud-based stations, from radio to audio books and more.
As well as more efficient engines, the Skyactiv philosophy means that the new model is much lighter than its predecessor with the company claiming it is one of the lightest in the segment.
UK buyers will be offered a choice of three naturally-aspirated petrol powerplants and one turbocharged diesel – all derivates will be fitted with i-stop, Mazda’s idle-stop system, as standard.
The 100PS (98bhp) Skyactiv-G 1.5-litre engine is a brand new unit capable of delivering up to 55.4mpg on the EU Combined cycle, with CO2 emissions from just 119g/km (hatchback). A 2.0-litre petrol unit will be available in standard (118bhp) and high power (163bhp) versions, the lower power version should be capable of 55.4mpg and 119g/km (manual) and 50.4mpg and 128g/km (automatic). The latter should be capable of 48.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 135g/km.
The 148bhp Skyactiv-D 2.2-litre clean diesel will provide up to 72.4mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 104g/km.
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22 August 2013
Written by Duncan