The Mazda 3 Gets 5 Doors at Bologna Motor Show
“Remaining faithful to an inherited identity while evolving the design to make it more expressive,” chief designer Kunihiko Kurisu described the exterior changes. The new front grille is bigger and has a smiling face if you look at it from the side. Mazda combine words like “dynamism” and “airflow management“ to make you think that this is a super sports car, but it isn't. It is just an odd looking car that people happen to like and one that promises a great drive.
The new 3 has two petrol engines, the 1.6 (105 HP and 145 Nm), the 2.0 liter (150 HP and 187 Nm), and two diesel engines: the 1.6 (109 HP and 240 Nm) and a new 2.2 (150 HP and 360 Nm).
The aerodynamics is increased by a small amount with drag coefficient (Cd) of only 0.28 (sedan) and 0.30 (hatchback), some of the best in the segment.
The new interior is a bit more sporty and has a more airy feel to it, while vibrations are said to be minimized thanks to the careful use of materials. The gear lever is placed closer to the driver and there is a new display available. The option that you will like more than the others is the 10-speaker Bose sound system Audiopilot2 noise compensation and Centerpoint surround system and a hands-free system for Bluetooth-equipped cell phones and mobile audio players.
The old 3 won a grand total of 90 automobile awards around the globe and as we stated in an earlier entry, Mazda has built around 2 million units of the thing.
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