Fuel efficiency focus for new Mazda3
MISERLY fuel consumption will be among the features of the new Mazda3 when it hits showrooms early next year.
The small car, which has been Australia's best-selling model for the past two years, will be overhauled for 2014.
Two petrol Skyactive-G engines will be available at launch.
Prices have not been confirmed, but with extra technology expect the range to start about $1000 more than the current range.
The Mazda3 had been retailing for $20,330 plus on-roads, but latest deals have seen it start from $19,990 drive-away to maintain sales momentum.
The all-new Mazda3s equipped with the 2.0-litre petrol engine with automatic transmission will use 5.7 litres per 100km (combined average), while those with the larger 2.5-litre petrol engine and auto box will consume 6.0 litres per 100km.
The 2.0-litre petrol engine produces maximum power of 114kW and 200Nm of torque, while the larger 2.5-litre alternative has an output of 138kW and 250Nm.
Mazda has also confirmed several i-Activsense safety technologies including blind spot monitoring and smart city brake support will be made available.
Blind spot monitoring assists drivers by highlighting objects in blind-spot areas to the sides and rear of the car and smart city brake support assists in the prevention of front-end collisions by reducing the speed of the car when it detects a slowing or stopped vehicle and automatically applying the brakes if necessary.
The Human Machine Interface features several new features including the head-up display.
To keep the driver looking ahead, the heads-up active driving display is mounted on a clear panel above the meter hood and presents vehicle speed, turn-by-turn directions from the navigation system and other important driving information.
A further HMI improvement in the All-New Mazda3 is a new connectivity system allowing the driver more intuitive access to several features including phone, navigation, audio and social media.
Information is clearly displayed on the centrally located touch-screen and the driver can interact with the system using the HMI Commander located in the central console or by Bluetooth voice command.