2010 Mazda3 Hatchback makes it debut at Bologna Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Just lately, Mazda has held the world introduction of the new Mazda3 five-door Hatchback in Italy at the Bologna Motor Show, in advance of its sales opening set for early 2009.

Lately unveiled at the LA Auto Show is the second-generation Mazda3 Hatchback that keeps on the tracks of the four-door sedan. The new hatch will come with identical engines with those set for the Sedan version.

Of course, this shows that it will be introduced with two fresh powerhouses, a 148hp (110kW) 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with peak torque of 135lb-ft (183Nm) and a 167hp (124kW) 2.5-liter engine with top torque of 168lb-ft (227Nm).

These powerhouses use high-tech electronic throttle action. A newly designed 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine will also be available for the European outlets. The powerhouse, which was just introduced in the Mazda6, will yield 182hp (136kW) and a torque of 295lb-ft (400Nm) while providing fuel efficiency rates of about 42mpg (5.6L/100km) - making it the most range-economical engine.

A seamless-shifting 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmission along with a 5-speed electronically regulated Sport-AT automatic transmission are also offered according to the version.

The most economical of the gasoline engines is the 2.0-liter powerhouse that comes with a manual transmission, and it is measured at 25mpg (9.4L/100km) in city driving while it measures 33mpg (7.1L/100km) on the highway environs for the more bulky Sedan. Fuel consumption in the Sedan equipped with automatic transmission comes in at 24mpg (9.8L/100km) and 33mpg (7.1L/100km), accordingly.

Some outstanding parts of the car not usually found in this category consist of the optional self-leveling bi-xenon headlamps, a multi-function monitor, satnav, electronically adaptable seats with memory functions, a surround lighting system, twin-zone air conditioning, a 10-speaker stereo by Bose, a satellite radio by Sirius, Bluetooth interface, and iPod connection.

Included in the miscellaneous alternatives are rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, leather covers, and climate seat adaptations.

Topics: mazda, mazda3, hatchback

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