| 12th July 2013
Later this year the new Mazda3 will go on sale in the UK and will include two bodystyles; hatchback and fastback. The Mazda3 will feature the SKYACTIV technology as well as Mazda's KODO Soul of Motion design.
Both bodystyles are lower and wider than the current Mazda3, with the fastback, which is a saloon bodystyle, the roof has been restyled as have the rear wings and window and boot lid design. With the boot, capacity has been increased by just under 70-litres to now hold 419-litres, the rear seats fold nearly flat giving customers more flexibility and versatility in terms of practicality.
On offer will be two petrol engines and turbocharged diesel engine. All engines will be fitted, as standard, with Mazda's idle-stop system, i-stop. The hatchback bodystyle will be fitted with SKYACTIV-G and the i-ELOOP brake system.
The petrol engines available are a 1.5-litre variant and a 2.0-litre one. The 99bhp 1.5 engine is mated to a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual gearbox and returns a combined fuel economy figure of 56.4mpg.
Whereas the 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine produces 161bhp, returns a combined figure of 55.3mpg and only emits 119g/km of CO2 for the manual gearbox.
The turbocharged SKYACTIV-D diesel engine has 148bhp under the bonnet, returns 72.4mpg and emits 104g/km of CO2 for the manual gearbox. It's a high performance engine producing 380Nm of torque while reducing nitrogen oxide and soot emissions.
Designed to be more aerodynamic, the Mazda3 is also lighter than the current model even with bigger wheels.
The all-new Mazda3 will be available in the UK later this year.