After a rather sneaky on-paper debut at the Australian International Motor Show, Mazda has unveiled the four-door sedan version of its all-new Mazda3.
The second generation of the brand’s best selling vehicle worldwide has been fully re-engineered and completely redesigned to deliver a more dynamic drive and distinctive appearance.
Adopting the more unified Mazda global ‘family face’, the new Mazda3’s major exterior design elements focus on the vehicle’s central axis, integrating the lower air intake with a more emphatic and instantly recognizable five-point grille.
Inside, the new Mazda3 offers a sporty yet highly refined cabin – the large gauge instrument cluster and centre stack are positioned to tightly link the driver’s limbs and senses to the car’s instruments and controls.
Optional creature comforts include dual-zone air conditioning, a BOSE 10-speaker premium surround sound system, phone connectivity, iPod interface, advanced keyless entry system with push-button start, rain-sensing wipers, heated door mirrors, leather upholstery, and heated seats.
Excluding the turbocharged MPS, the new Mazda3 range boasts two engine options across the variants.
Both engines employ advanced electronic throttle actuation and are mated to either a five or six-speed manual transmission, or a five-speed electronically controlled Sport-AT automatic transmission – depending on the model
The first is a MZR 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine which produces 110kW and 182Nm at 4500rpm, and returns fuel consumption of 9.4 litres per 100kms in city driving and 7.1 litres per 100kms on the highway with the manual transmission.
The new MZR 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine has been borrowed from the larger Mazda6 variant and develops 124kW of peak power and 227Nm at 4000rpm.
Fuel consumption for this engine in the city is 11.2 litres per 100kms and 8.1 litres per 100km on the highway with the manual transmission.
Active safety equipment includes ABS, Dynamic Stability Control, and traction control which are offered as standard or optional equipment – depending on the grade.
In the event of a crash, the new Mazda3 is equipped with six airbags and active head restraints as standard equipment.
These details are specific to the North American specification Mazda3 sedan – Australian specific details will be available closer to the local launch.