Mazda has now announced UK price and specification for its all-new version of the Mazda3, with customer delieveries beggining in May.
Coming in both hatchback and saloon guises, Mazda has given the compact line-up a new look inspired by the Kai Concept and employs the company’s Kodo design language.
Both versions share the same front end design, which incorporates a large front grille, sharp bonnet lines and streamlined headlights – but beyond the B-pillar is where the models differ.
Available in either a 122ps 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol or 116ps Skyactiv-D diesel engine in a choice of five trim levels: SE-L, SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech. Later this year, the Saloon model and Mazda's innovative Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine will join the range.
The hatchback has a roof spoiler and an elegantly curved back-end, while the saloon’s roofline blends neatly into the boot. Based on the new SkyActiv-Vehicle architecture, the Mazda3 comes with the SkyActiv-X, -G and -D engines – all of which provide excellent throttle response and smooth power delivery with petrol and diesel options.
Features on the htachback include high-end technology such as Mazda Radar Cruise Control and LED headlights, a windscreen projecting colour head-up display with Traffic Sign Recognition, navigation, an advanced eight speaker audio system and Apple CarPlay/Android Autom, this high level of standard equiptment is a first for Mazda.
Akira Marumoto, Mazda president, chief executive officer and representative director, said: “The all-new Mazda3 we unveil today begins a new era for Mazda. The next generation of Mazda cars will enhance the value of the car-ownership experience. Through these products, we will further raise Mazda’s brand value and work towards our goal of building ever stronger bonds with customers all over the world.”
With more than six million units sold since 2003, the Mazda3 is renowned for offering a driver-focused experience, with plenty of practicality to ensure it can stack up to market rivals.
For more information on the Mazda3, contact your nearest JCT600 Mazda Centre.
Added: 22 February 2019