Mazda has released the first official details of its all-new Mazda3 hatchback.
It will be shown in five-door form at the Bologna Motor Show early next month, following on from the new Mazda3 saloon – currently on display at the Los Angeles motor show.
Mazda says that in developing the new car (which doesn’t look radically different to the current version) its chief concern was improving the Mazda3’s environmental performance.
To this end, drivetrain efficiency, weight-savings, and ‘best in class’ aerodynamics have all received significant focus. But the new Mazda3 also features a new design of exhaust catalyst, ‘constructed using single nanotechnology.’
A world first, this reduces the necessary amounts of precious materials such platinum and palladium. This should help bring down the cost of build and replacement – and perhaps even make it less desirable to the growing band of UK catalyst thieves.
Engine choices for Europe in the new Mazda3 include the existing 1.6 and 2.0 petrol, and 1.6 turbodiesel engines, plus the new 2.2-litre turbodiesel that’s just debuted in the Mazda6. This betters the old 2.0-litre turbodiesel in every way: performance, economy and CO2 emissions.
No word on pricing or UK launch date yet, but the all-new Mazda3 will be publicly unveiled for the first time on December 3.
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