Mazda3 fastback revealed

Mazda3 Fastback Revealed

With the fastback the Mazda3 now offers a longer and more practical specification which should suit family car buyers and even business executives.

Like other recently launched Mazdas including the CX-5 and latest Mazda6, the new Mazda3 range benefits from lightweight Skyactiv driving technology. Also like other recent Mazdas the new Mazda3 range also follows the manufacturer's Kodo Soul of Motion design language.

The new Mazda3 hatchback and saloon share the enlarged 2,700mm wheelbase, which is 60mm longer than the current Mazda3 range. The new Mazda3 range is also 40mm wider and 15mm lower than its predecessor.

This length allows the new car's 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.

To improve practicality inside, the Mazda3 fastback has rear seat backrests which fold almost flat and the boot opening width is increased by 100mm. This way its now big enough to accommodate three 67cm suitcases.

The engine choice for the new Mazda3 fastback and hatchback will include three petrol-powered units and one turbodiesel.

There will include a 100bhp 1.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol unit, with a combined fuel economy of 56.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 118g/km when using the standard manual gearbox.

There's also a 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol unit with outputs of 120bhp or 165bhp. With a manual gearbox, this unit returns 55.3mpg on the fastback, as well as CO2 emissions of 119g/km. These figures are altered to 50.4mpg and 129g/km when the same engine is linked to the optional automatic gearbox.

The 150bhp Skyactiv-D diesel in the Mazda3 fastback with the manual gearbox returns a combined fuel economy of 72.4mpg, and emits just 104g/km in CO2.

Prices for the Mazda3 fastback, plus more technical and trim details, will reportedly be announced this September.

The current generation Mazda3 hatchback is still available now from your nearest Perrys Mazda Dealership.