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The new Mazda3 stands out from the mid-sized crowd with its style and a sporty driving experience.

10 Mar 2014

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The Mazda3 replaced the famous 323 when it was introduced in 2004. It was only four years later when the second generation of the Japanese mid-sized sedan was unveiled at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Then in 2012, Mazda offered a facelifted Mazda3 with minor tweaks to its styling and new SkyActiv technology only for the 2.0-litre variant.

Just like the Bi-Xenon headlights in front, the lovely LED taillights help to enhance the sporty flavour

To make things even better and to ensure the mid-sized sedan can keep up with the competition in its segment, Mazda introduced the all new third generation Mazda3 last year.

The new Mazda3 is also the third model in Mazda's lineup - the others being the CX-5 and the Mazda6 - to feature the full range of the company's groundbreaking SkyActiv technology, including the engine, transmission, chassis and body.

Exterior

At 4,580mm x 1,795mm x 1,450mm (L x W x H), the new Mazda3 shares the same length as its predecessor but is 40mm wider and sits 20mm lower for a broader, more powerful on-road stance.

Mazda has built a strong reputation for designing eye-catching cars and the latest Mazda3 upholds this case.


Adopting Mazda's 'KODO: Soul Of Motion' design language, the newcomer clearly takes its cues from its bigger brother, the sleek Mazda6 saloon, with its mix of curves and creases.

Up front, the Mazda3 loses the 'smile' of its predecessor and takes on the brand's new blunt nose as well as a bold five-point grille leading into thin, swept-back headlights.

The cabin is set further to the rear, making the profile dramatically different from the previous version and other compact cars

A sweeping shoulder line flows gracefully along the sides and ends in a somewhat softer, less distinctive rear-end treatment.

This combination of an aggressive front grille, crisp edges, swooping curves, and hunkered-back cabin makes the attractive small car look taut and sporty.


Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC SkyActiv-G

Engine Cap

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1496cc

Horsepower

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88kW (118 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

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150 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

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6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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11.7sec

Top Speed

:

185km/h

Fuel consumption

:

17.5 km/L

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