Mazda has finally unveiled the 2014 Mazda3, its well-known hatchback that now incorporates the ‘Kodo – Soul of Motion’ design language seen on the Mazda6 and on the Mazda CX-5. Set to take on the Volkswagen Golf, the new Mazda3 is 4465 mm long, 1795 mm wide and 1450 mm high, making it 5 mm longer, 40 mm wider and 20 mm taller than the current model.
Moreover, the vehicle rides on a 2700 mm wheelbase, which is 60 mm longer than the one found on the outgoing version. As a result, the boot’s capacity was also improved at 350 litres, from 340 litres offered by the outgoing model. According to the official press release, the 2014 Mazda3 will be initially offered with a choice of three high-compression SkyActiv petrol variants and one diesel engine.
A new 1.5-liter petrol engine is available, delivering 99 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 111 hp @ 4,000. Bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox, the 2014 Mazda3 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.8 seconds and has a top speed of 113 mph or almost 182 km/h. A 2.0-liter petrol engine will also be available in two versions, one delivering 118 hp and 155 lb ft of torque and the other one delivering 162 hp.
The first version pushes the Mazda3 from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8/9 seconds and to a top speed of 121 mph or 194 km/h. The second version is able to push the new Mazda from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.2 seconds and to a top speed of 130 mph or 209 km/h. The 2.2-liter diesel engine delivers 148 hp and 280 lb ft of torque, enough to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.1 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 130 mph or 209 km/h.
Besides the six-speed manual gearbox, Mazda will also offer a six-speed automatic on the diesel and lower-powered 2.0-liter petrol engine. Furthermore, the i-stop, Mazda’s stop-start system is offered as standard across the range, while the i-Eloop brake-energy regeneration system is available on certain models.
As expected, the interior was also updated and Mazda claims that the new Mazda3 has one of the quietest cabins in its class, thanks to new materials used to block noise paths into the cabin. The 2014 Mazad3 offers a driver-focused cockpit and a more comfort-orientated passenger environment. Mazda3 offers head-up display, a new steering wheel, a new infotainment system featuring a 7-inch touchscreen display and a redesigned rotary control found on the center console.