The Mazda3 five-door hatch has made an unexpected official debut today ahead of its first public appearance at the Bologna Motor Show on December 3.
On the heels of the freshly unveiled sedan version, the new Mazda3 hatch adopts the same characteristics as its sibling with a far more sporty and dynamic design.
Efficiency was a major factor in the research and development process, with Mazda including more economical powertrains, weight saving solutions and ‘best in class’ aerodynamics.
Petrol variants offer even further advanced environmental performance, including the world’s first vehicle catalyst to be constructed using single nanotechnology – as opposed to other scarce materials such as platinum and palladium.
The European engine line-up will include the new 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine which recently launched in the new Mazda6, in addition to the existing 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol engines and the popular 1.6-litre turbo diesel.
This 2.2-litre diesel will be offered in both standard and high power guise, developing 110kW and 136kW respectively whilst each complying with Euro 5 emissions levels.
Mazda still has one more ace up its sleeve with the highly anticipated launch of the MPS variant of the next-generation Mazda3.