Finally we get some information about the new model of the family as the 2015 Mazda Mazda3. As yet unofficial reports indicate that Mazda models with five ready and four-door sports – MPS version, and the version of the hybrid drive. First of course will be on sale in the Japanese market, and we expect and more information. Beautiful and very sought after model, already I do like it ….
Finally, it also sports Mazda3 MPS, in some markets as the Mazdaspeed3. The Japanese officially not definitively confirm the new Mazda3 MPS, but unofficially it is said that the car is in development. While waiting for his appearance, here are some renders of how the MPS “three” might look like. Under the hood is a choice of three naturally-aspirated petrol powerplants and one turbodiesel. The former include the brand-new SKYACTIV-G 1.5, a highly efficient and exceptionally frugal engine, needing only 5.0l/100km of fuel (combined cycle) paired with the six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual gearbox. That’s good for CO2 emissions of 118g/km an 18 per cent improvement over the 1.6-litre MZR engine it replaces thanks to the unique SKYACTIV-G characteristics. These include its lightweight design, exceptionally high 14:1 compression ratio, 4-2-1 exhaust manifold and i-stop, Mazda’s idle-stop system, which is standard equipment on the new Mazda 3. We can see that there’s a simple, clean center stack with a slim row of heating and cooling functions, and up top there’s a large, presumably touchscreen display, with redundant controls found just aft of the shifter.
Then it was confirmed that this generation will be offered later in the classic sedan version with 4 doors, and that the future sedan in Japan and will be available with hybrid drive. The connectivity system also supports playback from other connected mobile devices and works in 25 languages for audio and 38 for text. Connecting is simple via the external hub, which includes USB and AUX ports as well as an SD card slot for the navigation system. The hub is conveniently positioned in the centre stack or, on models with CD player, in the box at the rear of the centre console. Either way, storage cavities are on hand for the mobile devices. We expect that the 2015 Mazda3 will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, packing both petrol and diesel engines. A sedan variant is also in the works, and should debut shortly after the hatchback. The interior is, in fact, larger and more comfortable than its predecessor in most respects, from foot space to knee room and more. And Mazda maintained headroom, despite a 25mm reduction in the car’s overall height, by lowering the hip point of the seats.