Shortly after Mazda unveiled the new generation Mazda3 , the first teaser image surfaced online revealing what appears to be the sedan variant. If this teaser image is indeed real, we should expect to see the official details on the Mazda3 sedan very soon.
The sedan version will look identical to the hatchback version, except, of course, the trunk on the backside. Up front, the sedan version features the same design language, which is inspired by the Mazda6 sedan. It will feature a prominent black grille, more aggressive headlamps and a ready-to-pounce stance. Expect to see the same active grille shutters mounted in front of the radiator that automatically open and close in accordance with driving conditions to improve aerodynamic performance.
Updated 07/04/2013: The first official images of the upcoming Mazda3 sedan surfaced online today, meaning of course that the official debut is getting closer. Stay tuned! (Top Gear Russia)
Updated 07/12/2013: Mazda unveiled the official details on the new generation Mazda3 sedan.
Updated 7/23/2013: Mazda has just released the official pricing details on the 2014 Mazda3 sedan. The sedan starts out at $16,945 and tops out at $26,495. You can see more details after the jump.
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Just like the recently unveiled hatchback version, the new Mazda3 sedan is defined by the latest the "KODO – Soul of Motion" design theme that gets its inspiration from the beauty and power of nature.
Up front, the model gets a new contoured grille and a sculpted signature wing that flows from under the vertically enlarged grille to the headlamps. There are also new headlamps with LED light sources, inner lenses and a light-guiding ring.
For the new Mazda3 sedan, customers will have the possibility to choose between nine exterior paints, including two new ones: Titanium Flash and Deep Crystal Blue.
|Overall length with / without number plate holder||4,585 mm (180.51 inches) / 4,580 mm (180.31 inches)|
|Overall width||1,795 mm (70.66 inches)|
|Overall width (mirror to mirror)||2,053 mm (80.82 inches)|
|Overall height without shark fin antenna (laden)||1,450 mm (57.08 inches)|
|Wheelbase||2,700 mm (106.29 inches)|
|Overhang front with / without number plate holder||930 mm (36.61 inches) / 925 mm (36.41 inches)|
|Overhang rear||955 mm (37.59 inches)|
|Track front||1,555 mm (61.22 inches)|
|Track rear||1,560 mm (61.41 inches)|
|Ground clearance between the axles (laden)||155 mm (6.10 inches)|
While for the exterior, Mazda worked on making the new generation Mazda3 look better than ever, for the interior, it focused on making it the best in the segment.
The car’s cockpit is specially designed to offer the driver the best experience behind the wheel. It gets powerful lines and an ergonomic layout inspired by the supersonic jet fighters. As a first in the C segment, the new Mazda3 comes with a new head-up display called the Active Driving Display that offers information on speed active safety system warnings.
|Front headroom||981 mm (38.62 inches)|
|Rear headroom||955 mm (37.59 inches)|
|Front shoulder room||1,452 mm (57.16 inches)|
|Rear shoulder room||1,382 mm (54.40 inches)|
|Front hip room||1,411 mm (55.55 inches)|
|Rear hip room||1,360 mm (53.54 inches)|
|Front legroom||1,073 mm (42.24 inches)|
|Rear legroom||909 mm (35.78 inches)|
|Rear knee clearance||16 mm (0.62 inches)|
For the U.S. market, the new Mazda3 sedan is offered with the same engine lineup as the hatchback. This lineup includes a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 155 horsepower and a new SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine with 184 horsepower. They can be combined with a standard SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission, while a SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmissions is offered as an alternative.
Both engines will be offered with an i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system, which employs a capacitor to store electricity generated when the vehicle decelerates.
2.0-liter-equipped Mazda3 sedans deliver 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway with a manual transmission. When fitted with the automatic transmission, the 2.0-liter-equipped Mazda3 sedan is rated at 30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway with an automatic transmission. When fitted with the 2.5-liter engine, the Mazda3 is rated 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway, but with the addition of i-ELOOP, the mileage jumps to 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.
Mazda has just revealed the pricing details on the new 2014 Mazda3.
|Mazda3 i SV||SKYACTIV-MT 6-Speed Manual||$16,945|
|Mazda3 i SV||SKYACTIV-Drive 6-Speed Automatic||$17,995|
|Mazda3 i Sport||SKYACTIV-MT 6-Speed Manual||$18,445|
|Mazda3 i Sport||SKYACTIV-Drive 6-Speed Automatic||$19,495|
|Mazda3 i Touring||SKYACTIV-MT 6-Speed Manual||$19,595|
|Mazda3 i Touring||SKYACTIV-Drive 6-Speed Automatic||$20,645|
|Mazda3 i Grand Touring||SKYACTIV-MT 6-Speed Manual||$22,745|
|Mazda3 i Grand Touring||SKYACTIV-Drive 6-Speed Automatic||$23,795|
|Mazda3 s Touring||SKYACTIV-MT 6-Speed Manual||TBA|
|Mazda3 s Touring||SKYACTIV-Drive 6-Speed Automatic||$24,595|
|Mazda3 s Grand Touring||SKYACTIV-MT 6-Speed Manual||TBA|
|Mazda3 s Grand Touring||SKYACTIV-Drive 6-Speed Automatic||$25,995|
Package Pricing Details
|Touring Technology Package |
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Gallery Kia Forte
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Gallery Chevrolet Cruze
The new-generation Mazda3 promises to offer the best equipment features in the segment. Plus that the exterior design language, especially the new grille, makes it look better than ever, so we are very sure it will be a real success.
- Great look
- Highly equipped interior
- Efficient engines
- Great base price for the equipment
- Range-topping trims are a little pricey for the segment
Gallery Mazda3 Sedan
When the all-new Mazda3 goes on sale in the UK later this year, the model line-up will once again include two bodystyles - hatchback and fastback (saloon body-style). Like its new generation forerunners (Mazda CX-5 compact SUV and all-new Mazda6), Mazda’s all-time global bestseller now gets the full range of lightweight SKYACTIV technology, which has been optimised, together with the latest adaptation of the company’s KODO Soul of Motion design language, to best suit the smaller C-segment model’s size and agility.
Mazda has created a truly passionate expression of dynamic motion and like previous KODO models, the all-new Mazda3 features a firm stance enhanced by the compact looking, cab-rearwards design. Lower and wider than the current model, the car’s raked profile, rising dramatically towards the rear and bolstered by the boldly flared fenders and large sporty alloy wheels at each corner, conveys agility and strength.
The new Mazda3 hatchback and saloon share the enlarged 2,700mm wheelbase - the longest in the C-segment and 60mm longer than the current Mazda3’s - which allowed designers to shorten the front and rear overhangs for a more powerful KODO-inspired stance, in the process creating more space for the engine and improving crash safety, too.
Both bodystyles are 40mm wider and 15mm lower than the current model, while the saloon features a different roof, rear window, rear wings and boot lid in a design which extends the overall length by 120mm to 4,580mm - compared to 4,460mm for the hatchback. For improved practicality, both models have rear seat backrests which fold almost flat and the saloon’s boot opening width is increased by 100mm to 1,102mm so it can now accommodate three 67cm suitcases and has a total capacity of 419-litres.
All-new Mazda3 is a very ‘clean’ design aerodynamically, boasting among the best aerodynamics on the market, with fuel economy and stability enhancing Cd values of 0.258 (saloon) and 0.275 (hatchback). Despite performance-enhancing changes that normally add weight - such as bigger brakes and bigger wheels - all-new Mazda3 is lighter than the current model, with curb weights starting from 1,196kg (fastback) and 1,200kg (hatchback), making it one of the lightest C-segment cars.
The combination of low drag, low weight and super-efficient SKYACTIV engines and transmissions enables the new Mazda3 to deliver some remarkable fuel economy and emissions figures.
Buyers will be offered a choice of three naturally-aspirated high compression petrol powerplants and one turbocharged diesel - all fitted with i-stop, Mazda’s idle-stop system, as standard. The high power SKYACTIV-G will also be available in the hatchback with the company’s i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system.
The 100ps SKYACTIV-G 1.5-litre petrol engine is a brand new, highly efficient and exceptionally frugal petrol engine, delivering up to 56.4mpg (combined cycle) paired with the six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual gearbox. CO2 emissions are from 118g/km.
The SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre petrol engine is available in standard (120ps) and high power (165ps) versions. The standard power SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre is the most economical option combining first-rate fuel efficiency and CO2emissions - 55.3mpg and 119g/km (manual) and 50.4mpg and 129g/km (automatic).
Fuel consumption (48.7mpg) and CO2 emissions (135g/km) for the high power engine are very respectable for such performance - and 14 percent better than its 2.0-litre MZR DISI i-stop hatchback predecessor, despite generating 10 percent more horsepower and torque.
The 150ps SKYACTIV-D clean diesel delivers an unprecedented combination of excellent fuel economy and responsive dynamics, while significantly reducing nitrogen oxide (NOX) and soot emissions. High performance, with 380Nm of torque at 1,800rpm, is combined with fuel economy and CO2 emissions for the fastback of 72.4mpg and 104g/km (manual), and 58.8mpg and 127g/km (hatchback automatic).