The all-new Mazda3 goes on sale in May with fuel economy improved by up to 16 percent and CO2 emissions reduced by 19 percent.
Priced from £13,500 to £21,500, the new Mazda3 comes with a choice of three petrol and three diesel powertrains. On the official combined cycle, fuel consumption ranges from 41.5 to 44.8mpg (manual transmission, petrol models, excluding MPS) and from 50.4 to 62.8mpg (diesels). The 2.0 Automatic delivers fuel economy of 37.2mpg and the Mazda3 MPS 29.4mpg.
The petrol engine range includes a 1.6-litre 105ps, a 2.0-litre 150ps with automatic transmission, or a 2.0-litre 151ps powertrain, or the 2.3-litre 260ps turbocharged engine in the Mazda3 MPS, due to be launched later in the year. The choice of diesel engines is expanded to encompass 1.6-litre 109ps, 2.2-litre 150ps and 2.2-litre 185ps engines.
Technical innovations featured on the all-new Mazda3 include the fuel-stretching ‘i-stop’ (Smart Idling Stop System) technology on the Mazda3 2.0 Sport, which can deliver fuel consumption savings of up to 16 percent on the combined cycle. In addition the new five-speed automatic transmission is introduced to the range on the 2.0-litre TS2.
The shape of the all-new Mazda3 has lowered aerodynamic drag to just Cd 0.28 (saloon) and 0.30 (hatchback). The improved aerodynamics and retuned powertrains, plus the reduced weight (down by 15 kilos on some models), result in significant reductions in CO2 and fuel consumption.
“Both retail and fleet customers will benefit from the dramatic CO2 reductions Mazda’s engineers have achieved to bring models below the 120g/km and 160g/km tax thresholds. The CO2 output of the 1.6 petrol model has been cut to 149g/km, from 162g/km on the current model. The 2.0 petrol (available from June) is down to 159g/km from 189g/km due in part to the new i-stop technology, the 1.6 diesel model emits just 119g/km, down from 128g/km, and benefits from only £35 per year road tax. The Mazda3 MPS, powered by a 2.3 petrol engine has slashed CO2 output to 224g/km meaning that the annual road tax will be just £215 as opposed to £405 on the current vehicle,” says Mark Cameron, sales & marketing director for Mazda UK.
Retail customers purchasing the all-new Mazda3 before the end of June can choose from a number of special finance packages including 0 percent APR with 50 percent deposit over 12, 24 or 36 months or 3.9 percent APR with 10 percent deposit, or 5.9 percent APR with no minimum deposit over 12, 24 or 36 months.