See the first official pictures of Mazda's new five-door hatchback
25 November 2008

Mazda has just released pictures of the 5-door hatchback version of the new Mazda 3, which will make its debut at the Bologna motor show.

The Focus rival will get a range of engines chosen specifically for the European market. Customers will get the option of a 1.6-litre turbodiesel, 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol engines, or the new 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine first seen in the Mazda 6.

The new 2.2-litre turbodiesel will be available in two states of tune. One version will produce 148bhp, with a more powerful 182bhp model also available. Both engines will be cleaner and more economical than the outgoing 2.0-litre diesel unit.

Mazda recently unveiled a 4-door saloon version of the new 3 at the LA motor show. Both saloon and hatchback versions get a redesigned grille and a reworked chassis from the previous-generation 3, as well as a heavily redesigned interior.

Mazda also claims the new 3, which will go on sale in the spring, has undergone a weight-saving programme.

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Mazda 3 2009-2012

The Mazda 3 hatchback is superbly refined and a more competitive package now previous faults are fixed

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25 November 2008

If they've got their sums right, the spec suggests this could be a potential class leader.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

25 November 2008

They even nailed the styling this time it seems. I like.

25 November 2008

I never liked the previous generation hatch. This looks better, but I think the saloon looks very good. I'd certainly consider one as a company car. 180PS Diesel sounds good to me!

25 November 2008

Go to www.auto123.com for a road test of the 2.5 saloon.

The car looks like a very serious contender - and the interior looks really good too.

25 November 2008

It's Pug ugly at the front and has a fat arse.

NEXT!

If I want an autonomous car, I'll take a taxi.

25 November 2008

I love it, and I'm liking the fact that Mazda are building up a real identity for themselves. I am seeing a bit touch of Peugeot in that grille, but that's no bad thing. At least Mazda have adopted their own shape for the grille. If they can make it green (i.e make the diesels with CO2s of under 120 g/km), then they'll be onto a big winner like the 2 and the 6. Good work, Mazda! I'm looking forward to the Mazda1 even more now!

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Our Verdict

Mazda 3 2009-2012

The Mazda 3 hatchback is superbly refined and a more competitive package now previous faults are fixed

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