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Upgraded Mazda 3 delivers improved efficiency

New looks and lower emissions for Mazda hatchback

Mazda 3 facelift

Mazda has facelifted the Mazda 3 hatchback for 2012 

Mazda has revised its mid-sized Mazda 3 hatchback improving economy and emissions for both petrol and diesel variants.

Improved efficiency delivers cheaper running costs

The Mazda 3’s efficiency and fuel consumption has been enhanced across the range with the Japanese firm quoting a headline reduction of 3.5% in CO2 emissions.

The improved line-up features 16 standard models with a choice of two petrol or two diesel engines, and also sees the addition of an upgraded 1.6 diesel engine available in two specifications: the 1.6 Sport Diesel and 1.6 Sport Nav Diesel, costing £19,095 and £19,945 respectively.

Mazda claim the new 1.6 Sport Diesel will save drivers nearly £27 per year over the existing 1.6-litre diesel engine, with improvements to the 2.2-litre diesel elevating this further to nearly £54 per year over the previous model.

While the fuel savings may only be small, the advantage to fleet operators and company car drivers should be more tangible as reduced emissions mean the 1.6-litre diesel now sits in the lowest company car Benefit in Kind tax bracket (13%) for 2012.

Revised styling

Mazda has also subtly restyled the 3 medium car as part of the upgrade, giving the hatchback a more muscular appearance, front and rear, as well as a new ‘twist-spoke’ alloy wheel design.

Inside, there are new interior trim colours, improvements in materials and driver ergonomics as well as enhanced levels of refinement over the out going car, creating a quieter cabin on the move.

Restructured range, competent equipment levels

The upgraded Mazda 3 range will be available in six standard trim levels – S, TS, TS2, TS2 Nav, Sport and Sport Nav – plus a pair of Tamura special editions powered by 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines.

Equipment levels on the upgraded 3 range are fair with a host of active and passive safety systems, including Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), dual front, side and curtain airbags and active head restraints available on the entry level S model.

Automatic dual-zone climate control, heated front windscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, rain sensitive wipers and automatic headlights are standard on more expensive TS2 and Sport models.

The revised Mazda 3 is priced from £14,755 for the entry level 1.6 S trim, rising to £20,895 for the top of the range 2.2 Sport Diesel.

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