Since its promotion in June 2013, Mazda 3 is one of the most anticipated car models of 2014. Mazda continues with their designer story applied on the new Mazda 6 and Mazda CX-5 even when it comes to this smaller model.
The front part of the car has its own characteristics although it looks a lot like the two models that we have previously mentioned. For example, the grille has a shape of a shield bordered with a chrome trim, and unlike the grille in the shape of honeycomb that CX-5 has, the new Mazda 3 has horizontal flips just like Mazda 6.
The new 2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback is 446 centimeters long, 179,5 centimeters wide and 145 cm high, which means that it is slightly wider but lower compared to its predecessor. The wheelbase is 270 cm and is 6 cm larger than the one in the old Mazda 3.
Luggage capacity is 350 liters, while with a simple folding up of the rear backseats we can get 1250 liters of usable luggage space. The weight of this model is around 1190 to 1330 kg depending on the type of engine.
The interior of the new Mazda 3 hatchback is completely redesigned compared to the current model. The central console has been simplified, and air conditioning controls are similar to the previous model while the vents are very similar to the ones from Mazda 6 and CX-5.
However, unlike these two models, where the screen of the multimedia device is built into the console, in this model it is separated and located on the top of the console.
The new Mazda 3 will be available with four SKYACTIV drive units and three petrol and one diesel engine. The weaker petrol version will have the new 1.5 SKYACTIV –G engine under the hood. This engine will have 100 hp and 150 Nm.
Thanks to this engine Mazda 3 hatchback can develop 100 km/h in just 10,8 second and a top speed of 182 km/h.
The other petrol engine available to the buyers will be a 2.0 liter SKYACTIV-G petrol engine with 120 hp and 210 Nm. This engine can hit the 100 km/h mark in 8,9 seconds. The top speed is 195 km/h.
In the version with i-ELOOP system with regenerative braking system there will be a 2.0 liter petrol engine with impressive 165 hp and acceleration of 0-100 km/h in just 8,2 seconds.
Although a completely new diesel engine was planned for this model, the buyers will have to settle with the older version of 2.2 SKYACTIV-D diesel engine with 150 hp and 380 Nm.
It takes 8,1 seconds for 2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback with this diesel engine to accelerate from 0-100 km/h.
Mazda 3 SKYACTIV-G 1.5 and SKYACTIV-G 2.0 with i-ELOOP system are paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the model SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 have a six-speed automatic transmission as an option too.
All these great characteristic make 2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback one of the most wanted cars of 2014.