Mazda revealed the four-door variant of the 2010 Mazda3 at the LA Auto Show this week, and lately it has made available quite a few spy shots of the forthcoming hatchback version.
In spite of some heavy camouflage gear, it can be seen that the overall form of the vehicle is a bit smoother compared to the retiring version and the front seems to have maintained the lately unveiled sedan's a little bit unusual 'smiling' look.
It is anticipated that the Mazda3 hatchback will be available with an identical engine as those scheduled for the sedan model.
This shows that the hatch will, more or less, be introduced with two fresh motors, a 148hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 135 lb-ft of torque and a 167 hp 2.5-liter variant with 168lb-ft of torque.
Both engines utilize advanced electronic throttle actuation. European outlets can expect a diesel version.A smooth-shifting 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmission in addition to a 5-speed electronically controlled Sport-AT automatic transmission will likewise be offered contingent on the version.
The most economical engine is the 2.0L unit outfitted with a manual transmission, and is measured at 25mpg in the city-driving and rated 33mpg on the highway for the bulkier sedan.
Fuel efficiency in the sedan with the automatic transmission is rated at 24mpg and 33mpg, respectively. The Mazda3 hatchback should also have a performance version.
The Mazda3 Mazdaspeed (MPS) is hinted to utilize the 300 hp (224kW) turbocharged 2.5L Duratec engine determined for the forthcoming Ford Focus RS. Concerning the regular hatchback, it will be introduced together with the sedan early in 2009. Still, it may appear at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy next month.