Mazda has unveiled a saloon version of its upcoming Mazda3 hatchback. The all-new Mazda3 Fastback will be available later this year with powerplant choices of three naturally aspirated petrol engines and turbocharged diesel engine, all of which come with a start-stop system as standard. The brand-new entry-level engine 1.5-litre petrol provides up to 99bhp and returns an average of 56.4mpg when mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
It also emits 118g/km of carbon dioxide, paving way for relatively low road tax. The 118-bhp 2.0-liter engine returns an average of 55.3mpg and emits 119g/km of carbon dioxide when paired with a manual transmission. The 162-bhp 2.0-liter engine returns an average of 48.7mpg and emits 135g/km of carbon dioxide.
The 2.2-litre diesel, meanwhile, provides up to 148bhp, returns 72.4mpg and emits 104g/km of carbon dioxide. Buyers could pair the engines with an automatic transmission, but this will result in a reduction in fuel economy and a hike in emissions. For instance, a Mazda3 Fastback automatic diesel averages 58.8mpg and emits 127g/km of carbon dioxide.
Both the Mazda3 hatchback and saloon are wider and lower than the current model. The Mazda3 Fastback could be recognized by a restyled roof, rear window, rear wings and boot lid. Likewise the Mazda3 Fastback is 120mm longer than the hatchback at 4580mm. This allows the Fastback to boast of a larger boot space of 69 liters than the hatchback. Both body styles have the same 2700mm wheelbase.
The saloon version of the Mazda3 features a wider boot opening, which means luggage could be loaded and unloaded easier. More storage space is achievable thanks to its folding rear seat arrangement similar to the hatchback.
Fastback also features Mazda's SkyActiv range of technologies, which aim to cut weight and improve efficiency. Kerb weights for the Fastback and the hatchback start as little as 1196kg and 1200kg respectively. The Fastback also boasts of a drag coefficient of 0.258, ensuring superb aerodynamic efficiency.
A look at the exterior of the Mazda 3 and the expectation one has for the interior is immediately increased. The good news is that the interior does not disappoint. Once the door has been opened, onlookers are likely to experience a veritable treasure of ergonomics and sophisticated comfort. The surfaces have that seductive appeal as if asking occupants to touch them.
With the new version, the space offers more coherence and a classy purity that is more people-focused that the previous models. There is no doubt that first impressions on the interior are sure to last. The brand said that starting with the Mazda 3, this design on the interior will be implemented for all the upcoming models. Its next-generation interior has a fresh feel to it and executes an innovative new concept known as partitioned yet unifying. To get a better idea on this concept, the cabin is divided into different areas.
The cockpit for instance is snug and appears to be self-contained. This same cockpit has been positioned in a way that would allow a driving experience that is stress-free, enjoyable, and more importantly, safe. However, the passenger space gets an ambience that is more relaxed, spacious, and open. The new Mazda 3 is not just about a new model but also marks the official introduction of the KODO. To mark this occasion, the brand will be offering a total of nine colors for the exterior. The usual colors are still there which include Aluminium Metallic, Arctic White, Blue Reflex, Jet Black, Meteor Gray, and Snowflake White Pearl.
Two additional colors have been added with the first being Deep Crystal Blue, a color inspired by the speed and power displayed by a lightning bolt as it pierces the sky. The second is Titanium Flash which comes with its own expression. New as well is Soul Red Metallic, a color created to be the most emotionally appealing red there is. Koji Tabata, who is the Chief Designer for the Mazda 3, shared that the KODO design is all about revealing dynamic motion in each detail starting from the frame. As such, it is able to maximize the unique appeal of each model.
Under the Mazda 3, he continued, the KODO represents design strength which ignites the fire in one’s heart with just a quick look. It brings up anticipation of the possible new experiences, he added.