Today in New York; and other places around the world such as Melbourne, Istanbul, St. Petersburg and London, The Mazda team officially unveil the much unanticipated Mazda3 hatch as well as celebrate the 10th year of Mazda3 production . With a full 2 inch longer and sporting the brands all-new KODO design language (which i love) the 3 came out looking like a shorter version of its bigger brother the Mazda6 on the outside that is, but on the inside the design is spectacular with designs that resembles the Audi A family of cars in a great way that is! – With more than 3.5 million vehicles sold globally, the Mazda3 is the brand’s best-selling and most recognizable vehicle. I can just tell by the amount of detailed and designed that went into this car.
With Mazda new revised grill which we first saw on the all-new CX5 CUV; This Mazda3 sits lower looks meaner, sleeker, and sexier. The 2014 Mazda3 sits on a wheelbase of 106.3 inches, which is 2.4 inches longer than the previous generation, yet the hatchback is 1.8 inches shorter in length at 175.6 inches. With a height of 57.3 inches and a width of 70.7 inches, the Mazda3 reduces its ceiling by 0.6 inches and gains 1.6 inches in the hips while retaining similar headroom space and offering rear legroom at 35.8 inches. The rear seat backs are nearly 2.0 inches taller for added passenger comfort. Front and rear shoulder room also has increased to 57.2 and 54.4 inches, respectively. This efficient use of space is wrapped in the increasingly striking dimensions of KODO, Mazda’s “Soul of Motion” approach to designs that exude emotional proportions and refined strength.
The 2014 Mazda3 Will be equipped with many new features such as a updated Mazda infotainment System that’s always connected on the go to Facebook; Pandora; Twitter; Sirius Satellite Radio, and other internet-based apps Aha by HARMAN and Stitcher Radio will be available. An optional Bose premium audio system with Centerpoint will also be available in this bad boy. The 2014 Mazda3 will have a very first for the brand vehicle to feature Mazda’s all-new Active Driving Display, a clear pop-up panel that displays vehicle speed, navigation directions and other important driving information, and is vertically mounted behind the meter hood. The 2014 Mazda3 will be available in cloth (Black, Sand), leatherette (Black) and leather (Black, Almond) seat materials, the multitude of exterior and interior color combinations and accents further showcases the attention made to the finer touch points and to the varying degree of consumer preferences.
Mazda SKYACTIV Engine Choices
For the North American market, the 2014 Mazda3 will be offered with two engine choices: the currently-offered SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a new SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine, as fitted to the CX-5 and 2014 Mazda6. Globally, the Mazda3 offers the widest SKYACTIV powertrain line-up in order to meet local market demands, and will be available with SKYACTIV-G 1.5- to 2.5-liter-sized gasoline engines, a SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesel engine and as a hybrid electric vehicle (Japan only).
￼Both engines feature a new high-tumble-port 4-2-1 exhaust system that increases engine output. The SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter produces 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. As compared to the outgoing MZR 2.5-liter engine, the torque output on the SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine at low- to mid-range speeds is increased by 10 to 15 percent, and its weight is reduced by 10 percent. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter produces a peak of 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm, both figures are increases of more than 10 percent over the MZR engine.
The 2014 Mazda3 will be available with a choice of the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual and SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmissions. SKYACTIV-MT offers the short, crisp shift pattern reminiscent of the MX-5 Miata. SKYACTIV-Drive achieves a direct shift feel and quick gear changes that contribute to quick acceleration, while maximizing the best features of a direct- shift gearbox and a conventional torque-converter system.
New York Event Photo Gallery
For more information on The Mazda3 and full specs besure to check out the Press Release (BELOW) and check back here later; for a test drive once this thing becomes available later this year!
Photos by Mazda
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