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Mazda2 now available as a three door

New three-door version of the Mazda2.

Mazda is introducing three-door versions of its all-new Mazda2.

The Mazda2 is noteworthy for being particularly lightweight, which means that economy and performance are very good. However the Mazda2 is also a real quality product to drive.

The three-door version of the Mazda2 TS 1.3 petrol starts at just £7,999, giving you a lightweight, economical car for low cost.

At launch, engine choices are the 1.3-litre petrol in two power outputs (75 and 86ps), and a 1.4-litre 68ps diesel. The 1.5-litre 103ps petrol engine Mazda2 will be available from the end of July.

The Mazda2 5dr, which was introduced in September 2007, broke the industry trend for increasing weight and size with each successive replacement model. The new Mazda2 is 100kg lighter than the previous model, thanks to Mazda’s ‘gram strategy’ diet, and the use of lightweight ultra-high tensile steels and new technology – leading to excellent fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions.

Mazda anticipates that up to 50 per cent of new Mazda2 buyers will choose the three-door body style and that a large number will opt for the highly specified ‘Sport’ version.

Both the three-door and five-door versions of new Mazda2 share common exterior and interior dimensions.

Standard equipment on the Mazda2 TS 3dr (from £7,999) includes: driver and passenger front airbags, remote central locking with deadlocks, electric front windows, driver seat height adjust, ‘tilt-and-slide’ front seats, CD radio with auxiliary jack, multi-function glovebox with magazine rack and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser.

The new Mazda2 TS2 3dr costs from £9,509 and the Sport 3dr costs from £11,399.

The Mazda2 5dr achieved a 5-Star Euro NCAP crash test safety rating last year and it was also declared winner of the 2008 World Car of the Year title.

Performance (0 to 62mph from 10.4 seconds, top speed up to 117mph), fuel economy (up to 65.7mpg), and CO2 levels from just 114g/km are identical between the three and five door versions, as weights are virtually the same.