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It’s the New Mazda 3! (Review & Photos)

Mazda reveals their new Mazda 3 hatchback
with new technology, a fresh interior and loads of style.

The Mazda 3 is a car for all people.
Pensioners, salesmen, bakers, young girls, middle-aged men, young males who
like young females, mothers and fathers; they all love the Mazda 3. Mazda has
sold more than 3.5 million units since the models debut in 2003, it’s a
fiercely popular car the 3. We aren’t entirely sure why that’s been the case
with previous generations of the 3, but if you placed an order for this new
version, we’d understand the decision entirely. It’s rather nice to look at,
isn’t it?

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It looks as though it should be on the
motor show circuit as some kind of swoopy concept car that we all look at and
scoff “bah! It’ll never make it to production looking like that”, not something
that every man and his collared shirt will have siting in their driveway as of
next year.

The wheel arches are all flared and swoopy,
the cabin is set far back in the wheelbase, it looks very hunkered down and
muscular. It’s all part of Mazda’s ‘Kodo’ design language. Which does indeed
sound like some kind of cheap dodge television brand that no one has ever heard
of and is only sold on eBay. But, it actually means “soul of motion”,
apparently. Anyhow, cheap televisions and strange foreign words don’t matter
when you’ve produced a mainstream hatchback that looks this handsome. Even if
it falls over through corners it’ll be a sales success.

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Mazda will offer three engines in the 3,
kicking off with the 1.5liter Skyactiv-G petrol engine producing 99hp, enough
to get the hatchback to 62mph in a not very spritely 10.2 seconds. Then there’s
the 2.0liter petrol tuned to 118hp or 163hp. The range-topping 2.2liter diesel
develops 148hp and takes 8.1 seconds to hit 62mph when equipped with a manual
gearbox or, oddly, 9.7 seconds with an automatic. We thought that it was only
possible to make automatics that much slower than manuals in the 1980’s.

The new Mazda 3 is the same overall length
as the current model, but the tracks are wider, overhangs shorter, and the
wheelbase has grown by 60mm, plus it sits lower to the ground, which should add
up to improved handling – good.

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Thanks to the growth in wheelbase there’s
more space for limbs and things inside as well. It’s not a bad interior either,
the current model looks and feels a bit old-hat but this new one – like the new
Mazda 6 – features cabin materials that wouldn’t look too out of place in
something from Germany wearing four rings on its nose, not a German punk you
imbecile, an Audi. Just like in an Audi, the display screen sits proudly atop
the dash and like a Ferrari 458 you get a central instrument binnacle flanked
by a pair of digital screens telling you all sorts of useful information.
Whether that information includes lap times and differential temperatures we’re
not entirely sure, but probably not. Shame.

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The new Mazda 3 should hit showrooms priced
from around £16,000 or $20,000 if you’re in the U.S, towards the end of this
year.

What do you think of the new Mazda 3
Carhooters? Like the look? Comment below or tweet us @CarhootsApp.

By Aiden Taylor (@AidenT_RD)

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