After the debut of its latest 2010 Mazda3 Sedan at the LA Auto Show, the carmaker followed it up with the Hatchback version one month later at the Bologna Motor Show. It was reported that the launching of the car in the US in right on schedule for March 2009 with a price tag of $15,050, about $360 above the retiring model.
Both the Sedan and Hatch will be launched together although Mazda is not being too optimistic that sales would go over last year's 100,000 units sold. Later this month both Canada and Mexico will be receiving the cars in dealerships.
The 2.0-liter Mazda i Touring, the most popular spec vehicle, with auto transmission is priced at $18,350. The four-door sport version is priced at $19,550 and the hatch for $20,000.
Available also is a $1,200 technology pack that consists of keyless access, push-button start, a full-color navigation system with a small footprint, satellite radio which comes with free service for six months and a perimeter alarm. Another version of the Mazda3 is yet to be disclosed.
Available details say that it's going to be the high-performance Mazdaspeed (MPS) version which will be introduced to the world at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
Concerning the Sedan and Hatch versions, power under the hood for both will either be the 148hp (110kW) 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and 135lb-ft (183Nm) or torque or the 167hp (124kW) and 168lb-ft (227Nm) of torque.
Also available for the European dealerships is the currently developed 2.2-liter turbodiesel powerplant. This unit which is seen in the Mazda6 abroad has a power yield of 182hp (136kW) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque with a 42mpg (5.6-liters/100 km) fuel consumption rating.